Keeping your online network secure is necessary, as this can have both safety and cost implications if it is breached. A lot of people do not know how to keep their Wi-Fi network secure and this often leads to hackers infringing on their privacy. Wireless network security has several facets that every user needs to pay attention to. They are not particularly hard to execute, but they can just serve as the deciding factor when faced with a safety problem
How to keep your wireless network secure
- Change your default login and password
This is one thing that most network users tend to take for granted and this is a major reason for your online network security breach. When purchased, most Wi-Fi routers would come with a default login and password. People often tend to leave this unchanged and this can make it quite easy for people to guess when trying to hack into your Wi-Fi network. Routers may even have their own model number as the password, this makes it quite easy to fall prey to a security breach. If left unchanged, default passwords always have one common trait. This is the fact that they are very simple. This simplicity makes it quite easy for anyone on the Internet to predict what your network password would be. Choose a new password that is peculiar to you, something that only you would know. Users are also discouraged from having a particular place where password information is written, however, if this is absolutely needed, the document should be kept secure.
- Select WPA/WPA 2
Even after changing the default password, another thing most users fail to select is the use of the WPA password. After changing the default password of your router, you can choose between three wireless security options on your device. There is the less common WEP (wired equivalent privacy), which has not hit the heights it was expected to reach since it was debuted in 1999. Do not use the WEP as its standards are not high at all and can be hacked by almost anyone and any device. The better option is the Wi-Fi Protected Access 1 & 2. This is a more efficient security option when trying to navigate and choose which security protocol to use. This was developed and selected as a better option to WEP after it continued to disappoint network security developers. Changing the WPA 1 or 2 passwords would ensure that hackers do not have access to your network.
Once the steps above have been completed, this makes it quite difficult for hackers or anyone possessing such skills to have access to your network profile. It is advised that users pay attention to their password settings and do not forget them. Also, use passwords that are not easy to guess but would not be forgotten by you. If you absolutely have to write down passwords, keep the written document in a safe place. It can be quite hard to detect when someone has breached your network security, so extra care needs to be taken.