Ways to protect your Wifi
Wi-Fi is one entry-point hackers can use to get into your network without setting foot inside your building because wireless is much more open to eavesdroppers than wired networks, which means you have to be more diligent about security.
But there’s a lot more to Wi-Fi security than just setting a simple password. Investing time in learning about and applying enhanced security measures can go a long way toward better protecting your network. Here are six tips to betters secure your Wi-Fi network.
Change the default login
Some router manufacturers have standard administrator passwords and default SSID (or network) names, while others have that info printed on each device itself. The exact combination varies from model to model, but it’s easy enough for a hacker to gain access with just a quick Web search. When you first set up the network, give your SSID a new name that you’ll easily recognize and choose a strong password. It’s the best and number one line of defense against hackers.
Change the Default SSID
Another setting you should change right away: your router’s SSID (i.e. the public name that shows up when you’re looking at in-range Wi-Fi networks).
Many routers come with default SSIDs that can give away its brand and/or model. For example, some Linksys routers have default SSIDs that look like
Linksys#####. And it’s no different for Cisco, Belkin, Netgear, TP-Link — they all have router models that come with default SSIDs that give away their brands.
Remember, if a hacker knows what kind of router you have, it becomes a little easier for them to break in. We recommend changing your SSID right away, and when you do.
Use Strong Password
Make sure that any password (or passphrase) that protects your Wi-Fi network is long and random so it can’t be cracked by a determined hacker.
It is all too easy to set up any equipment with its default settings, especially as the default admin name and password are often printed on the router itself to allow quick access and setup. This means that hackers will try these to access your network. Changing both access name and password will make it more difficult for a criminal to gain access.
You can test the security of your WPA protected network (without revealing your password or passphrase) by using the CloudCracker service. You’ll be asked to provide some data (the same data that a hacker could capture or “sniff” out of the air with a laptop from anywhere in range of your network) and the service will attempt to extract your password.
If the service is unsuccessful then a hacker is unlikely to be successful either. But if the service finds your password then you know that you need to choose a longer, more secure one.