The Internet started to feel like a basic need for humans in this day and age. Our physical mobility is beyond words thanks to improved connectivity to the web and it helped to improve productivity. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the internet is not limited to working professionals and techies in the 21st century. But your home Wi-Fi can easily be a soft target to malicious attacks and hackers.
Almost every device in your home has access to the same wireless network, such as cell phones, tablets, desktops and laptops in your family. Even your home appliances and other elements in your home are connected to Wi-Fi, thanks to the Internet of Things. Even a small vulnerability can give access to criminal minds to virtually every device which is connected to Wi-Fi. Here are the tips to secure your privacy and private data like credit card details and bank accounts.
Change the default name
Changing the Service Set Identifier (SSID) is probably the first thing you can do. A default SSID is provided by a lot of companies to their Wi-Fi routers. It is generally the company’s name. It gives a better idea to a hacker to break into your Wi-Fi while searching for networks in your area. Change it to any other name which doesn’t disclose your personal details.
Choose a strong and unique password
A lot of wireless routers have a default password which hackers can easily guess, especially when they have the idea of the company. Choose a password which includes letters, numbers, and symbols and make it as long as possible.
By default, encryption feature is deactivated in most routers. Turn it on to protect your network. Do it quickly when the router is installed in your home. WPA2 is the most effective encryption available.
Update your router’s software
Like other software, the firmware of your router may also have bugs which can be a huge security flaw over time. It’s very important to get it fixed with firmware updates that the manufacturer rolls out. Always check for the latest version of the software and install it to avoid any security breaches.