One of the most common hacks that criminals try usually involves Wi-Fi. It could be executing man in the middle attacks or it could simply be stealing a neighbor’s Wi-Fi – whatever the reason, the occurrence is more common than not.
This is why it’s extremely important to set up advanced security measures in order to (hopefully) prevent this situation from happening to you.
Let’s go over three simple ways to secure your Wi-Fi network:
Change Your Password
Too many people will leave their password as the default password. While this might seem like a good idea because the default passwords are usually very . . . weird, it’s actually not. The default passwords are too easy to crack.
Instead, treat this like you would a social media account. Come up with a series of unique numbers/letters/symbols and store it somewhere safe.
Enable Network Encryption
Various encryption options exist for wireless settings – from WEP and WPA to WPA2. WEP is the basics of encryption. It can be easily cracked, but it’s better than nothing. Skipping straight to WPA2, or Wi-Fi Protected Access version 2, it is definitely the most secure and compatible wireless encryption option.
Enabling network encryption is simple. Open your router’s configuration page and navigate to the wireless security settings. The option to choose different encryption methods should be there.
Filter MAC Addresses
This is one of the best security options you can implement for your wireless network. You probably already know that all of your wireless devices have unique MAC addresses. On your router configuration page, you should have the option to filter those MAC addresses so only the specified ones can connect to the network.
While this step can be a hassle, it can also save your Wi-Fi from cyber criminals or nosy neighbors.
A large variety of other security measures exist. If you have concerns about the security of your wireless network, you should do some further research on other methods.