Critical Steps To Protect Your WIFI Connection
It is critical for everyone to protect their data and privacy on internet. The risk gets doubled when you are using a WIFI connection to connect to the internet, as then, not only outsiders, but people close by your location would have a chance to break through into your WIFI connection and use your connection illegally and steal your data or information.
This is sad, but a fact that millions of people around the world steal their neighbor`s WIFI by breaking into it to avail free internet service. Non technical users are not aware of the options they have to secure their WIFI connection and hence they fall a victim of WIFI theft very easily. Therefore it is critical to ensure that your WIFI is secured from any unauthorized access by any means possible.
This article is for all those who don’t have any idea about how they can protect their WIFI connection from any malicious use:
- Software Updates and Patches:
It is critical to have the latest and up-to-date software installed for your router or any device that you are using as the WIFI hotspot. Most routers come with a firmware, but it’s your responsibility to update this firmware whenever a new version is made available by the vendor. These updates usually are aimed to heal any security loop holes in the device to ensure that the device and internet connection cannot be exploited.
- Password Protection:
This might come as a surprise to you, but most of the WIFI owners don’t set a password for their connection, just because they have absolutely no idea of how to do that. Both the Administration and WIFI password are required to be changed in order to have a secure WIFI. Furthermore instead of setting up an easy to remember password, you should consider using a tough password that is hard (or preferably impossible) to guess, even if it is hard to remember for you. Also, having a router that offers encryption for their passwords is the right choice to ensure a much better security. WEP was introduced in older devices, and they are not considered as much secure in this modern age, therefore choose a router that uses WPA-2 or WPA for password encryption. Also, consider changing your password often, people tend to set a password and never change it for years; this is a huge security risk and should always be avoided.
- Change SSID:
Commercial routers provided by many ISPs these days come with a default SSID. E.g. TP Link router`s SSID always start with TPLink by default, which makes it easier for hacker to break through your WIFI connection. You should change the SSID of your device to increase the security. Make sure that you don’t set it to something as simple as your name or your address.
- MAC Address Filtering:
Each device has a MAC address which is unique. You should find out the MAC addresses of the devices that you want to allow connecting to your WIFI so that all other devices that have a MAC address other than the approved list, will be blocked.
Mike is a technology blogger who loves to write on internet technologies. For broadband coverage and connection availability he always refers to www.broadbanddslinternet.com