In modern society, consistent, reliable access to the Internet is more a necessity than a luxury, used for everything from
making payments, checking financial accounts, searching for jobs, furthering
education, and much more. However, with the Internet’s increased usage comes an
unfortunate side effect—an increase in Internet hackers. If WiFi connections
aren’t appropriately secured, hackers can gather sensitive information, such as
private usernames and passwords, putting you at great risk.
That is why it’s incredibly important to take the proper
precautions when setting up your home WiFi.
1. Choose a Secure Password
and Update It Frequently
Password protection can be utilized in two places regarding your
router, with one password for your home WiFi and another for your router
settings. If either is unsecured, you should enable password protection
immediately. If they have been secured with default passwords, these should be
replaced with new passwords as soon as possible, as default passwords are generally
very weak and easy to breach.
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Passwords should also be updated frequently. If hackers have
managed to guess a previous password and gain access to your connection,
updating the password will successfully kick them out again.
2. Hide Your Network Name
Network names are usually on full display, allowing you to see all
the networks available in your area. This makes it easier for hackers to
identify your network. Displaying your network name is not required. For added
security, opt to hide your network name. People wishing to connect to your
network will have to know the name in advance and type it in before they can
even begin attempting to access your WiFi.
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3. Require MAC Address
As an added level of security, you can require MAC address
authentication. MAC addresses are a way of identifying specific devices. This
means that you would have to pre-approve a device before it can connect to your
Wi-Fi, protecting you from the devices of strangers.
4. Set-Up a Secondary Guest
Your guests do not need to access your internal network. By
providing them with a secondary guest network, you create a clear division
between the Internet connection that is meant to be accessible to others and
that which is connected to your personal information and devices. This allows
you to incorporate many of the above steps on your primary network without
inconveniencing your guests.
5. Update Your Router’s
Behind the scenes, your router does several things to ensure your
home WiFi remains safe. However, for this to be successful, you must keep the
firmware up to date. The older the version of firmware your router is running,
the more likely it is that a hacker has discovered some vulnerability or bug
that allows them to gain access to your connection. Avoid these sorts of issues
by simply installing regular updates.
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Of course, these are just some basic precautions you can put into
place from the comfort of your home. At Amplex Internet, our team of experts
has extensive experience regarding the most effective methods of Internet
security. Not only can we help you implement all of the above, but we can also
assist with additional protection and answer any questions you might have about
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