We all have this childish “Kevin McCallister dream” to protect our house from burglars. Today I’ll show you how to do that and contend cyber burglars.
My grandmother always told me ‘never disclose your personal information online.’ God bless my granny! A woman in her 70ty knows more about cybersecurity than the modern average user. How much safer the world would be if everyone followed at least one cybersecurity best-practice!
The internet is a shared ecosystem, and your action influences everyone else.
You may ask “Why?”.
Just think of that.
Some James catches a virus while browsing pirated movies and from that moment his laptop starts sending malware in phishing emails to everyone James previously connected. Even if you’re smart enough and social engineering-aware, it’s easy for an attacker to leverage the thousands of computers to DDoS your network. All this wouldn’t have happened if a few irresponsible users hadn’t gotten into the hacker’s trap.
I believe we have to know and follow basic cybersecurity habits at least at home which is supposed to be our castle.
Home Network Security Importance
Mostly once a wireless router is installed, we set up and connect our devices and then forget about it entirely. That’s the wrong course of action.
The wireless router is one of the most vital and vulnerable devices you have. It’s the gateway to the internet, and so it’s prone to exploits. We have already described vulnerabilities your router might experience. Living in the age of data breaches, you must care about the security of your home network and take all the necessary security measures to increase it.
I wouldn’t be mistaken to say that your protective measures finish on setting up ‘complex password’, don’t they? No matter how many Internet-of-Things devices you may have, make sure you follow these recommendations.
In our previous articles, we listed the most widespread attacks on the home network. Learn them and get back to the 8 steps in securing home wireless router.
8 Steps to Secure Home Wireless Router
Step 1. Change the name of your home network
Also known as the SSID (Service Set Identifier), the name of your Wi-Fi network is a hint which shows a cybercriminal what type of router you have. If malefactor knows the manufacturer name, they will know what vulnerabilities that model has and then try to exploit them.
Step 2. Set a unique and long password
A strong password is at least 15 characters long and includes uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. You may use this tool to generate a strong one. Your friends are likely to complain about this measure, but they won’t abuse your time by scrolling Facebook at your home 🙂
Step 3. Activate network encryption
The wireless network comes with multiple encryption languages: WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy), WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) and the latest and most secured WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2). Follow Life Wire’s 6 steps to enable WPA2 on your router.
Step 4. Locate your router right
Ideally, your wireless router should be placed as close as possible to the middle of your apartment. In such a way, your wireless signal won’t range too much outside your house, where malefactor can intercept it.
Step 5. Change the default IP address
To change the IP address of your router, you should follow these easy steps:
- Log into your router’s console as an administrator. Check LifeWire on how to do that. Usually, the address bar type looks like this http://192.168.1.1.
- Select Network > LAN which is in the menu of the left side.
- Change the IP address to the preferred one.
- Click Save
- Type the new IP address into the web browser bar.
Step 6. Disable Remote Access
Some routers allow you to access their privacy settings from a remote device; it means that cybercriminals should not even be connected to your wireless network. To change this, access the web interface and look for “Remote access” or “Remote Administration.“
Step 7. Keep the router’s software up-to-date
The router’s software contains flaws like any other firmware, but in contrast to PCs, few routers come with the auto-update option, so you need to do this manually. In Tom’s Guide, you may find detailed steps according to your router.
Step 8. A firewall can help secure your Wi-fi network
Firewalls add one extra layer of security to your router hence the name. Sometimes they’re built in; sometimes you need to install one. As in the case of laptops and PCs, firewalls are a reliable protective measure.
Securing Home Devices
Having ensured the security of your wireless network, you need to pay attention to the devices you own. The rules are basically the same still repeat actions make perfection.
- Create an illogical PIN or password/Use 2-Factor authentication.
Ideally, use a password manager app. All in all, hacking is becoming a multi-billion business.
- Run the latest version of the software.
- Enable automatic updates whenever possible.
- Use a firewall on your devices.
- Before getting rid of a device, make sure it has been wiped out. Check our guide on how to do that.
As the proverb goes “Your home is where your wifi connects automatically.” Then, take care of it, coddle it, and protect. Never ask ‘who would need to hack me’ as all of us are of hacker’s concern.
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