How To Protect / Secure Your Wi-Fi Network?

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Using man-in-the-middle attack, someone can eavesdrop on your network traffic and can easily get all administrator details and have un-authorized access to your Wi-Fi network.

So today I am going to provide some basic approaches to secure your home or office Wi-Fi network from hackers.

Logging to Router and Change Default Password

You have to look at back of your router and get login details like IP Address, Username and Password. Usually details are written at back and if not you may call your ISP (Internet Service Provider) if they gave you the router otherwise find the model number and look up information on Google.

D-Link Router Back

Visit IP Address in browser and enter login details when asked. This page is only accessible when you are using the router’s Wi-Fi network.

After logging in, first thing you have to do is to change default password setup by router. Settings may vary depending on which company router you using (mentioned image is for D-Link routers), some routers provide options to change default admin username as well.

Change D-Link Admin Password

Why should you change the default network password? With default password, someone can easily login to router setting (by default gateway IP which is not hard to find) and have un-authorized access to change router settings. So changing password would not allow anyone to access router settings except you.

SSID, Password and WPA2 Encryption

Pick a SSID (network name) which is not relevant to your identity or draw attention from hackers.
Use a strong password and once you do that please make sure to update passwords on all connected devices.

For encryption, make sure you choose WPA2 and not WEP/WPA. WPA2, short for Wi-Fi Protected Access 2, the follow on security method to WPA for wireless networks that provides stronger data protection and network access control. It provides enterprise and consumer Wi-Fi users with a high level of assurance that only authorized users can access their wireless networks

Firmware Update

Please consider updating firmware of your router which you can find under admin settings. Using the latest firmware version ensures you have all available security patches.

Disable WPS

WPS, short for Wi-Fi Protected setup is insecure so you should disable it. This is a button on your router.

Guest Networks

Some routers provide this option using which you can add guest network which creates a separate network for guests. It is a totally different network with a different password from the network. This means devices connected to the Guest network will NOT be able to share files and printers connected to the main network.

Guest Network

Parental Controls

With it, you can block inappropriate sites and limit the time your kids spend online.

Additional Settings

You may consider enable MAC Filtering (However they can easily spoofed and just give false sense of security) or Hide SSID.

There are wide ranges of settings under your router which you can change and set accordingly but please be cautious when doing so.

Any question? Please let me know in comment section.

Thank you.

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