Secure Your Wi-Fi Router with these Simple Steps

By Rajat Kesarwani | Monday, Feb 17, 2020 15:15 PM | 3 min read

Highlights:

  • Globally, the total public Wi-Fi hotspot has grown by 64.2 million in 2015 and 432.5 million in 2020.
  • Wi-Fi is expected to grow 2.10 billion in 2018 to 6.10 billion by the year 2023.

Wi-Fi router is accessing the internet from a cable service provider to a wireless network to allow other devices to access it very quickly. The internet router is one of the most important devices, which enables us to access the internet. It can be exploited by cybercriminals who look into our devices and get access to our system.

The measure that people use to protect their home network, is setting up a password and preventing it from neighbors and others from accessing it. Setting up a password is not enough, you have to be serious about this concern as the online criminal can exploit your poor Wi-Fi security measures to retrieve all the information and can launch sensitive attacks such as man in the middle, data theft, etc.

In this article, you will learn how to secure your Wi-Fi router to decrease the chances of your data get from getting compromised.

Here are some of the points through which you can protect your home network:

Change the Network name: You must choose a name that doesn’t identify your personality and contains personal information such as an address, name, phone number, etc. The name should not be put as “10NickJames”, “Homenet-17754734”, etc. Do not use any offensive language and do not challenge the hackers to hack your system.

Change the Passwords: To protect your home network, make your password complicated so that it becomes hard to remember and whoever visits your home, is unable to tell it to the others. Make your password with the combination of a capital letter, small letters, numbers, and special characters. The password limit is 20 words, but you can sum up in less than 12 words.

Keep router’s software up to date:Router’s software did not come with the auto-update feature and you have to update your router software manually. Even, some routers have an auto-update feature, but you have to switch on the setting.

Turn off the Router:You should always turn off the router when you are not using it. Sometimes, if you have a big file to download you can turn on the router whole night. Turning off the router will save your electricity bill and also reduce the demand for power stations. The fewer time your router will work, there will be less possibility of hackers attack.

Turn on the firewall: Wi-Fi routers operate a system called ‘NAT’, which stands for ‘Network Address Translation’. It means that different devices accessing your network will be assigned an address only to the known router. NAT prevents outside users from identifying the address of the devices which are connected to that network. Apart from the software firewall, routers also have a hardware firewall. It works differently from the software firewall, but it will be very useful for turning on the firewall.

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