These are the times when anything and everything digital is prone to hack. From ATMs to connected cars, and from satellites to the so-called secured government offices, hackers are laughing all the way. So, the blatant use of the specification “unhackable”, which today, has become the USP for the products by almost all the brands, doesn’t come as a surprise.
If you are worried about the security of your home and by extension your personal data especially from hackers who could casually sit in a car outside and get access to your systems then you need to put a padlock on that wireless. You may also want to prevent others from using your network, and freeloaders alike.
Tested Wi-Fi Security
Here are some simple ways to strengthen your Wi-Fi router’s security from hack attacks.
It provides encryption to your system and its variant WPA-PSK can be found in home networks. Those who use old routers, they might be having WEP or Wired Equivalent Privacy security, and trust us, it is no better than zero security.
Create a Strong SSID Network Name
Do not use the router’s default network name like D-Link or Netgear. Hackers have specific tools like rainbow table to bust into your network just by knowing your default SSID name.
Use a Strong Password
Do you know if you increase your password’s length to just one more character, the chances of the hacker cracking your code with probabilistic ways are reduced by hundreds? sochoose a strong password.
Firewall of Your Router
It is the router’s inbuilt protection system to make it somewhat obscure from the hacker’s view. Also, new routers come with ‘stealth mode’ firewalls.
Turn Off UPnP
The Universal Plug and Play protocol (UPnP) which is meant to establish an easy connection with devices in the vicinity can make your router vulnerable and make it a potential target for the hackers.
A personalized VPN service for your router is the way to go if you are willing to shed a few bucks for your important data. VPN works by giving your location anonymity on its server and even creates its own firewall to protect your network traffic.
Enable Logging Feature
The logging feature in your router keeps an account of the log attempts from all IP addresses and give you all the connection attempt details. This could help you monitor any ongoing suspicious activity.
The Dynamic Host Control Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server in your router is what IP addresses are assigned to each device on the network. For example, if the router has an IP of 192.168.0.1, your router may have a DCHP range of 192.168.0.100 to 192.168.0.125—that’s 26 possible IP addresses it would allow on the network. You can limit the range so (in theory) the DHCP wouldn’t allow more than a certain number of devices—but with everything from appliances to watches using Wi-Fi, that’s hard to justify.
Secure Your WIFI Router From Hackers
Although, you can’t make your device hack proof, but with these simple techniques you could make your router safer than it was before.
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