A common security appliance in homes and offices is the Wi-Fi router. It’s the device that distributes your Internet connection to all your devices. It’s a critical and powerful electronic item that you don’t want to overlook when securing your network.
Why? A router can come with major security concerns if it’s not properly configured. A compromised browser could be used to deploy malware, access your Internet data, or spy on your activity.
Think of your router like the gateway to your home or office. If someone wants to get in, this could be a main entry point. You wouldn’t leave your door unlocked or the key out in plain sight, would you?
Here are five tips for securing your Wi-Fi router.
- Update the passwords on your router. There’s one Wi-Fi password you use to connect devices to the router, and then there’s the admin password used to access the administration page for your device. Change the default username and password for both of these access points.
- Keep your router’s firmware and software up-to-date. Try setting up alerts when new updates are ready or enable auto update, if available.
- Change the default network name or SSID.
- Enable WPA2 encryption, or higher, which will secure your network with encryption.
- Upgrade your router if necessary. For home users, if you’ve got an older router, contact your Internet service provider to see if they can upgrade you to a newer version. Business owners can work with their IT team or service provider to see which options are available to enhance security.
Don’t leave your router vulnerable! Take proactive steps to keep your network safe.