who’s on your wi-fi?

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

Belkin:  en-us-support.belkin.com/app/product/list/q/routers/

D-Link:  www.dlink.com/support/

Linksys:  www.linksys.com/us/support/

NETGEAR:  www.netgear.com/support/