In this day and age of the connected home, the importance of securing your home WiFi security system can not be underestimated. There are a few, simple steps you can take today to improve your WiFi security.
Check out 10 ways to increase the security of your home WiFi:
Change the default name and password of your home network Many routers come with preset passwords, and hackers know this. Stay one step ahead by changing both the WiFi network password and the router admin password.
Limit access to your wireless network This simple, but obvious step is often overlooked. The more people who know your network credentials, the higher the risk that your data may be compromised. Consider creating a seperate home guest network.
Create a home guest network Create a separate guest SSID and WiFi password. Your guests will have internet access, but your shared folders, printers and networked devices will be hidden. Additionally, in case your guest unknowingly has malware on their phone or laptop, your primary network and devices will be protected.
Check out your router’s encryption options This option enables you to encrypt data sent between your wireless channel and your device.
Turn on your router firewall
Keep your router’s firmware updated The majority of wireless routers require manual firmware updates. Be sure to check the manufacturers website to determine if there's a newer version available.
Disable remote access Most routers have a remote access feature that allows you to access your WiFi network from anywhere you have an internet connection. We highly recommend you turn off this feature unless you absolutely need remote access capability.
Move your router to the middle of your house This low tech step is as simple as it sounds. Most WiFi network signals are strong enough that someone outside of your home could “see” the connection on their device. To prevent this, you can simply move your router to a more central location in your home.
Turn off your WiFi network when you are gone for an extended period of time Annoying? Yes. Effective? Absolutely.
Consider upgrading your router to WPA3 WPA3 encryption is geared to be better than previous iterations of WiFi technology.
Remember, safer connections mean safer devices. Need a little help to secure your network? The RW Networks Tech Team is just a click away.