Introduction

Keeping your wi-fi network secure and protected is very important to prevent any cybercrime being committed from your network. You can consider the following tips for ensuring better security of your wi-fi network:

Changing the Default Admin Login

When you install a new router, it comes with a default admin username and password which is used to log into the network for the first time. You should immediately change the default admin login credentials of the router. If the hackers are aware of your router model, they can track your default admin login details by using numerous online resources. In case you have not changed the admin login credentials, your wi-fi network can be easily hacked by them.

Change the Default SSID Name

Every router comes with a default SSID name. You should never continue to use the default SSID name as it can give away the brand of router being used to the hackers and they can crack the password easily. The default SSID should be immediately changed to ensure additional safety for your wi-fi network from hackers and cybercriminals.

Use Complex Password

The password used for securing the network should be lengthy and complex. Passwords should be alphanumeric and also make use of special characters and upper cases to make it stronger. Passwords which are short and common or which contains your personal information like phone number, date of birth, etc. should be avoided as they are easier to crack. You should also keep changing the password frequently to keep the network safer.

Use WPA2 and AES Encryption

Encryption is an important part of making your wi-fi network safe. The mode of encryption being used also determines the level of security. You should always use WPA2 mode of encryption. WEP encryption mode should always be avoided as it is easier to breach into by the hackers. After enabling WPA2 mode, you should ensure to use AES encryption instead of TKIP.

Enable Router Firewall

Enabling router firewall adds extra security to your wi-fi network. It checks incoming network data and blocks it if it is considered unsafe. Routers come with different type of inbuilt firewall feature. Such a firewall verifies all the incoming network data against a database and allows the incoming data to connect only if it is verified and deemed safe. In some routers, this firewall feature may not be enabled by default. You should always enable it to ensure better safety from unsafe incoming traffic.