Did you know if your Wi-Fi is not secure, every computer attached to your Wi-Fi is also at risk from unauthorized use, viruses and spyware? Here are my recommendations for increasing your Wi-Fi security.
1.) Change your router’s default password: if you do not change the default password on your router, anyone with access to your Wi-Fi can login to your router. From here, they can kick you off of the internet at will and or monitor everything you do while connected to your Wi-Fi.
2.) Enable Encryption: most routers come with the encryption option disabled by default. Enable WPA2 and pick a secure password. WPA2 is preferred over the less secure WEP encryption.
3.) Enable Firewall: some routers have the software firewall disabled by default. The firewall is an added layer of security. It is like the building “doorman” to your Wi-Fi, choosing who to let in or not.
4.) Change the default network name and turn off network name (SSID) broadcasting: a non-broadcasting SSID makes for a more secure network. It doesn’t make your network invisible to would be hackers, but it does turn off the alert notifying everyone with a Wi-Fi receiver that your network is there.
Check the manufactures’ website for your specific router for detailed instructions. Here are the addresses for several manufacturers:
Apple Airport: support.apple.com/manuals/#airport