In today’s world, it can be difficult to keep your home network secure. New vulnerabilities are discovered all the time and hackers are always finding new ways to access your data. However, there are steps you can take to better protect yourself, including updating your router and turning on password protection. In this post we’ll cover these topics and more as we explore some simple ways you can protect your wireless network at home.
Change the admin password.
- Change the admin password.
The first thing you should do is change the admin password on your router and all devices that use it, such as computers and smartphones. The best way to do this is by using a combination of letters, numbers and symbols–at least 10 characters long. If you have trouble remembering complex passwords or can’t create one yourself (or if you’re not sure what “complex” means), there are many websites that will generate random but secure passwords for free; use one from there instead!
- Regularly update security patches for software like Windows 10 Update Assistant or macOS Mojave Automatic Updates Software Update Service for Apple computers/laptops running macOS High Sierra 10.14
Enable password protection on wireless access points.
You should also enable password protection on wireless access points. This is the first line of defense for your home network, so it’s important that you use a strong password that isn’t easily guessed or cracked. You should also change this password regularly, especially if you have kids or housemates who may be tempted to try and log into your network (and potentially leave it open).
Even if you use WPA2 encryption with a strong passphrase as described above, it’s not enough on its own: there are ways around encryption that are relatively easy for hackers to execute–but only if they …