The router has become one of the most important gadgets in our homes. With the current technological world that we live in, our homes are filled with gadgets that require an active internet connection to work. All these gadgets have created a portal to many security risks and problems.
These issues come as a result of having the WiFi signals broadcast beyond the home. Thus being very inviting for a hacker/malicious audience. If anyone can pick up the signal from the router, they can also manage to gather your personal data and personal passwords. Many people are not aware of the security risks that present themselves when they don’t properly protect themselves with a secure WiFi network.
Ways on Securing Your WiFi Network
Change the Default Username and Password
The first step to securing your network is by changing the default username and password. WiFi providers automatically assign a username and password to the network. This makes it easy for hackers to access the network and get to do as they please.
Changing the password and username makes it more difficult for hackers to access your network. It is important to also use a strong password with a combination of letters and symbols to make it harder to access for hackers.
Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network)
A VPN is a virtual network that is private that can connect to the internet in a way that is safe and secure. Essentially, the ultimate goal of a VPN is to keep your private information private. The VPN encrypts your data so that your online activities cannot be located.
The VPN acts as an intermediary of sorts as you connect to the internet, hiding your IP address, protecting your identity. Furthermore, if someone intercepts your data, it will be unreadable until it reaches its final destination.
Use a Firewall
Firewalls provide defence against external network attacks and most routers come with firewalls built into them. Firewalls check data that is being received and sent and block any suspicious/malicious activity. Always ensure that you have turned on your firewall.