- Change the name of your home wireless network
Changing your Wi-Fi’s name makes it harder for malicious hackers to know what type of router you have. If a cybercriminal knows the manufacturer of your router, they will know what vulnerabilities that model has and then exploit them.
- Choose a strong and unique password for your wireless network
Your wireless router comes pre-set with a default password. But it’s fairly easy for hackers to guess it, especially if they know the manufacturer.
- Improve your Wi-Fi security by enabling network encryption
The best encryption settings to increase your Wi-Fi protection are WPA2 AES.
Fortunately, WPA2 AES is also a standard security system now, so all wireless networks are compatible with it.
- Don’t let people have physical access to your router
Once a hacker has physical access to router, all bets are off. At this point you have been pwned.
- Where are you placing the router in the house?
Place the wireless router as close as possible to the middle of your house. The first benefit is that all the rooms in your house have the same access to the Internet. The second benefit is that you don’t want to have your wireless signal range reach too much outside your house, where it can be easily intercepted by cybercriminals.
- A strong network administrator password will boost your Wi-Fi security
Most Wi-fi routers come with default credentials such as “admin” and “password” which are easy for a malicious hacker to break into.
While changing the Wi-Fi password and name are good security measures of their own, go one step further and change the name of the network admin and the associated password.
- Disable Remote Access
Most routers allow you to access their interface only from a connected device.
Once you disable remote access, cybercriminals won’t be able access to your router’s private settings from a device not connected to your wireless network.
- Keep your router’s software up-to-date
Software is an important part of your wireless network security. The wireless router’s firmware, like any other software, contains flaws which can become major vulnerabilities and be ruthlessly exploited by hackers.
Unfortunately, many wireless routers don’t come with the option to auto update their software, so you have to go through the hassle of doing manual updates.
- A firewall can help secure your Wi-fi network
A hardware firewall does pretty much the same thing as a software one, but its biggest advantage is the addition of one extra layer of security.
- Protect the devices that connect most frequently to your wireless network
Remember to always update to the most recent software available and apply the latest security patches to ensure no security hole is left open to online predators.
Even more, check which devices connect most often to your home network and make sure they have antivirus and antispyware security software installed
Disable WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup).
This is a rarely used feature designed to help users set up Wi-Fi networks easily by using a PIN printed on a sticker or a simple button that can be pressed.