People being able to access your Wi-Fi may not be as common as it used to be, but the damage that intruders can cause when they do access your Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming more dangerous. If you leave your Wi-Fi network vulnerable, you will become putty in the hands of malicious users whose primary goal is to gain access to your network and the information that’s being transmitted to it.
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It’s always good to know a few tips and tricks to keep your computer and your information safe and in this article, you will find valuable information on how to protect your Wi-Fi from unwanted intruders.
Change Your Wi-Fi Password Often
This may seem like an obvious solution to a troubling problem, but the amount of people who forget to change their passwords will shock you. So changing your password every now and then is one of the best and easiest ways to keep hackers on their toes and out of your private information.
Use a Strong Network Password
Changing your password on a regular basis can be annoying, especially if you end up forgetting what you changed it to; a good way to get around that is making sure that your password is as strong as possible. Make sure your password is a good length and the fewer letters you have in your password, the better. Aim to make it a succession of random numbers and a couple of letters, as doing so will make it incredibly hard for hackers to crack your code.
Change the SSID
Hackers tend to have a list of network names that are made up of common phrases. Your SSID is your Wi-Fi network’s name, and changing it is how you stay off of that hackers list. When you change your SSID make the name that you choose as unique as possible and one that wouldn’t be found in the dictionary. Hackers have become very skilled and use incredibly sophisticated methods of hacking into networks with names made of up common words, so think outside of the box and protect your network.
Create a VIP guest list
Another full-proof method that will guarantee no unwelcomed guests join your network without your authorization is to enable your router only to allow specific devices to connect, and block all others. To do that you can filter by Media Access Control (MAC) addresses, which are in essence IDs for wireless or Ethernet adapters, allowing you to configure your router only to allow the specific devices belonging to you, your family and your friends onto the network, and keeping all others off.
Most Wi-Fi networks are already encryption enabled. However, it is still possible in certain cases to upgrade your encryption level, and that is where WPA2 comes in. WPA2 makes it tough for hackers to gain access to your internet.
Turn it off
Turning off your Wi-Fi seems like a defeatist method for combating intruders but it is effective. If you are leaving town for a couple of days or even if you are going to work and you know no one will be at home using the Wi-Fi, turn it off. Doing so will keep you off of the hacker radar during peak times and probably save you some money on your electricity bills; it’s a win-win situation.
Before reading this article, you might have thought that people stealing your Wi-Fi network had become a natural part life, and there wasn’t much you could do about it. But, as you have seen above, there are still plenty of options to choose from to protect your Wi-Fi network. Just remember to follow some of the tips and tricks mentioned in this article as well as staying vigilant and protecting yourself at all times.
Marleen Anderson is one of the IT support specialists working at Saxons – Australia’s IT experts. Personally, Marleen admits to being a complete tech-addict who enjoys reading and writing about technological advancements.