How to Secure Your Wireless Internet Network
Wireless internet is one of the most predominant means of achieving high speed internet connection nowadays. Wireless internet connection started with it being used in companies and cafes, and later it became popular in schools and hospitals till we now have it at homes. Almost on every street you walk through, there is one wireless internet connection or the other, either for free or available upon entering some unique vouchers.
One issue, though, with wireless internet connection is that it brings up concerns in terms of security. Because of the privileges outsiders are made to have where there is a wireless internet connection, there have been ways and smart methods that can allow people to make use of your wireless internet connection without your permission.
Because I was going to need a sophisticated internet connection for the service of my lunarpages and iContact coupon website, I decided to install a wireless internet in my home, but it wasn’t easy battling intruders. This problem, because of its persistency, has thought me some lessons on securing your wireless internet which I want to share with you.
Make Your Admin Details Unique to You
Due to persistent security issues with my wireless internet connection, I’ve leant that it’s always safer to change the administrator’s privileges of my router upon the installation of my wireless internet connection.
Routers, by default, are always with administrator’s privileges that are too generic, such as having the password as password or admin and username as username or admin. This, unfortunately, is known to almost everybody and anyone about to use your wireless internet connection without your permission will first try these generic usernames and passwords.
Make sure you are not using the default admin privileges of your router, if it’s so in your case, quickly change it now to enhance the security of your wireless internet connection.
Use Firewalls to Protect your Network
Modern wireless network routers come with in-built firewall for security against intrusions. You can enable your wireless router’s security firewall as this will improve the level of your wireless internet connection’s security.
If you are using a wireless internet connection router that does not have an in-built firewall, you can download and install it on your router from the internet.
Always Switch off Your Router When not in use
Which way is the best way to stay away from hackers or keep your wireless internet connection safe from unsolicited usage? To turn it off totally is the best way. It’s only when your wireless internet connection is on that you’d have people attempting to break into it.
The best thing to do is to turn your router off whenever nobody is using it or whenever no one is home to watch over it.
Limit Your Router’s Broadcast Range
Are you using your router to broadcast internet network to a wide range of space or is your wireless network being used in a bigger hall or room? You can restrict your wireless network’s broadcast reach to a very limited range so that only people that are very close to the router can access the network.