Home wireless networks are by now almost ubiquitous worldwide. They’re easy to set up, convenient to use and the kind of technology that once enabled one forgets about.
That is a scenario ripe for hackers and cyber thieves.
Did you know there are easy-to-purchase devices that allow one to eavesdrop on home wireless networks from distances of up to 5 miles? That alone is reason enough to take a second look at your wireless network and take some easy extra measures to secure it and your private information.
Here are 5 easy ways to secure your home or business wireless network.
First and foremost, do not use the default password that came with your wireless router! Sounds simple enough but you would be surprised at how easy it is for a hacker to get the default passwords of commonly-sold wireless routers. While you’re at it, make sure you change that password to a complex sequence of numbers, letters and characters.
Second, change your device’s SSID name. As with its default password, it’s easy for a hacker to determine the default SSID name for a wide variety of publicly-sold wireless routers. As with passwords, create a new SSID that can’t be easily guessed.
Third, stay under the radar. Don’t let your wireless router broadcast its presence. Disable the SSID (Service Set Identifier) so that strangers passing by your home or business are not made aware of your network and your name.
Fourth, encrypt your data. Go into settings and, if your device supports WPA encryption, select that. If your modem or router does not support WPA we strongly urge you to get one that does. If you can’t, use WEP encryption.
Fifth, take an inventory of devices that connect to your network and be sure they all have some kind of anti-malware protection if they can support it. (WiFi enabled game consoles, DVDs and DVRs unfortunately do not.) Be sure the update function is set to automatic updates.