Is Your Wireless Network Secure?

Kate SaundersWireless Networking

Here’s 6 simple tips to ensure your Wireless Network is secure!

  1. 1. Change the default name of your home network

    Also known as the SSID (Service Set Identifier). Changing your Wi-Fi’s default name makes it harder for malicious attackers to know what type of router you are using. This is usually a standard setting in most routers that is simple to change. Please note that changing your SSID also will require all devices to reconnect using the new network name and password.

    If you like a good joke for your Wi-Fi name, here’s a few funny alternatives:

    • The LAN Before Time
    • Pretty Fly for a Wi-Fi
    • FBI Surveillance Van
    • Mum, Click here for Internet
    • Help! I’m Trapped in a Router
    • Tell my Wi-Fi I Love Her
    • The Creep Next Door
    • Dial-Up
    • A Wi-Fi Has No Name
    • Every Day I am Buffering
    • Nacho Wireless
  2. 2. Set a strong and unique password

    Every router comes pre-set with a username and password, or even worse – no password at all. These default credentials are required for the initial setup. Unfortunately, these default credentials are easily guessed by hackers and should be changed immediately after setup. A strong wireless password should contain a combination of letters, numbers and symbols and should contain a total of 20 characters. It is highly recommended that you do not use any personal or self-identifying information in your password. Not only is this information easily guessable, but it can also expose you to an identity theft organisation.

    Here’s a few tips to help you create a STRONG password:

    • Use letters. numbers and symbols
    • Use capital and lowercase letters
    • Avoid using personal information
    • Avoid using common words
    • Don’t reuse passwords
    • Don’t use the same password for multiple accounts/devices
    • A Wi-Fi password should contain between 8-20 characters
    • Don’t tell anyone you don’t trust your password
    • Keep your personal information safe
  3. 3. Disable Remote Access

    While most routers only allow access to their interface via a connected device, some routers allow access from remote systems. You can see if your router has this feature by accessing the online interface and searching “Remote Access” or “Remote Administration”. This option should be disabled.

  4. 4. Optimal location for your router

    If possible, your router should be placed in the middle of your home to limit the amount of signal reach outside of the house. Placing your router in the middle of your home not only increases your security and minimises outside access, it also improves Wi-Fi connection and stability throughout the house.

  5. 5. Enhance online protection on individual devices

    When browsing on the internet you can come across all sorts of links and ad’s. Keeping an up to date and trustworthy antivirus installed is a great way to stay safe while browsing the web. We have found Webroot to be efficient and effective in keeping malicious software and viruses out of your computer.

  6. 6. Turn off WPS, Guest Networks and Update Router Firmware

    Guest networks are a friendly gesture, but they are also a huge security risk. A guest network can not only be accessed by your “guests”, but if your signal is strong enough, it can also be accessed by your neighbour or by a stranger parked out the front of your house. You should only allow trusted people on your network. If you cannot trust them with your Wi-Fi password, you shouldn’t be allowing them access to your internet.

Have any questions or require assistance with securing your Wireless Network? Contact our friendly support team today!