Wifi connection is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity. You will Wifi connections in houses, public places, offices, airports, and cafes. It’s everywhere. In this guide, we are going to learn some simple yet useful tricks and trips to secure your home Wifi router.
The following 5 tips can help you to secure your Wifi router from unauthorized usage.
1: Change the default name of your Wifi
The first tip I want to mention to change the SSID (service set identifier) of your home Wifi Router.
SSID is the network’s name. The fresh router has a default SSID. In most cases, it is the company’s name.
Changing the SSID to something different than the company SSID is the first line of defense to secure your router.
2: Configure a strong password in the Wifi Router
By default, manufacturers will set a default password to your router. To secure your router, change the default password and make it hard to guess. Your password should have a mix of alphabets, alphanumeric and special characters and should exceed the length of 8 characters.
Pro tip: You can configure a virtual private network in the Router itself. Read this article to understand how to set up VPN router for a home workplace.
3: Use network encryption
Your routers come up with the network encryption feature. This encryption helps you to secure your data that is being exchanged on the network hence even if someone is performing a sniffing attack on your network, all they will get is the gibberish data. Turn this on to secure and protect your network.
4: Update your router firmware software
Your router manufacturer will release the new update on a regular interval. Make sure you log in to your router and update the firmware software whenever there is a new release.
5: Use VPN to access your router
This is the most important tip. When you are using the internet from your home router, use a virtual private server or VPN. VPN will not expose your real identity on the internet hence securing your data and information.
Last but not the least, always check the users connected on your network and the traffic stats to verify if there is any unauthorized access going on. You should also keep changing your password and SSID name to help secure your network further.