Using a home wireless network allows you to use your computer virtually anywhere in your home, while having the ability to connect to other computers on the network or access the Internet. However, there are significant risks if your wireless network is not secure. For example, a hacker:
- You can keep all data sent or received
- Access your shared files
- You can use the bandwidth or download limit to usurp your Internet connection.
Safety tips to protect your wireless network
Here are some simple precautions you can take to protect your wireless network and your router:
Avoid using the default password
It is not difficult for a computer hijacker to find the default password that the manufacturer has set up for his wireless router and access his wireless network using that password. Therefore, it is advisable to change the administrator password of the wireless router. When deciding the new password, try selecting a complex set of numbers and letters and avoid using a password that can be easily guessed.
Do not let your wireless device announce your presence
To avoid the presence of the wireless device in the world, close the SSID (Service Set Identifier) output.
Change the SSID name of your device
Likewise, it is easy for a computer hijacker to find the default SSID that the manufacturer has assigned to their device and locate their wireless network using that information. Change the default SSID of your device and avoid using a name that can be easily guessed.
Crypt your data
Be sure to enable encryption in the connection settings. Use this function if the device supports WPA encryption; otherwise, use WEP encryption.
Protect against malware and Internet attacks
Be sure to install a strict malware product on all your computers and other devices. Select the automatic update option on the product to keep your malware solution up-to-date.
Use MAC filtering
Each computer has a physical address, briefly defined as a MAC address. In MAC Filtering on the modem interface, define the MAC addresses of the devices you want to access. This will prevent other devices other than the MAC addresses you have defined from accessing your network.