Everything that makes Wi-Fi so convenient, also makes it vulnerable to unauthorised access – especially its wireless capabilities and its ability to connect multiple devices at once.
There are several techniques which have been developed to exploit weaknesses in Wi-Fi security. These weaknesses are a part of the Wi-Fi standard, which means that all Wi-Fi routers can be vulnerable. These weaknesses can be abused to steal sensitive information – such as credit card numbers, passwords, chat messages, emails, photos, etc. As such, your Wi-Fi password alone is not enough to secure your network.
Follow the tips below to protect your Wi-Fi network from unauthorised access.
- Create a unique password for your router – never use the default ‘admin’ password.
- Change your network SSID name.
- Enable network encryption – there are several encryption methods including WEP, WPA, WPA2.
- Make sure your router’s firmware is up to date.
- Enable the router’s firewall feature.
- Disable the WPS feature.
- Disable wireless broadcasting.
Do you have any other tips? Tell us in the comments.