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Best Way To Secure Your Router From Being Hacked

Published on 06 April 16

Today Wireless network is used almost everywhere at home or at offices, colleges, and other institutions as this Wi-Fi network is easy to access and without the need for cable wires. But with this ease of use comes the security, a number of frauds and illegal activities are started with this wireless network. People today steal your Wi-Fi passwords and can do such activities very easily, hackers especially are always looking for weak passwords to hack and fulfill their evil motives. So to prevent you from being a victim of such frauds here we have best-secured ways to prevent your Wi-Fi router from being hacked.

1. Change WEP to WPA2

If you are using WEP security that is Wired Equivalent Privacy for your Wi-Fi protection, then your wireless network is at risk and can be easily hacked by any hacker or even your neighbors trying to decode your password can simply connect to free Wi-Fi network of yours. So to keep your network secured upgrade your WEP to WPA2 that is Wi-Fi protected access. Old routers may not have WPA2 encryption hen you need to upgrade or change your router. Almost all latest Wi-Fi routers come with WPA2 encryption, if not then it a clean invitation to the hackers. You need to check your router’s details and specifications to find out what security its using and how to upgrade to WPA2 encryption.

2. A solid and strong SSID

SSID is Service Set Identifier, which is the identification name of your Wi-Fi router. You need to create a strong SSID to prevent it from hackers. Don’t keep the default router name like Netgear or DLINK these are easy to identify and are quickly hacked by hackers. So create a strong, lengthy SSID that is difficult to remember and so will protect your network. You can create a long alphanumeric difficult SSID so that it is less predictive by others; the best practices say that never use your name, date of birth or such general information about you which can be easy predicted by others and will identify that this network is yours.

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3. Router’s firewall should be active

To make your network secured and safe from unauthorized access you need to turn on your Wi-Fi router’s firewall to reduce the visibility of your network to unknown users and hackers. The firewalls have stealth mode which makes your Wi-Fi router network less visible and secures it from any unsafe outside access. The firewall will restrict the entry of unauthorized sources from interfering with your network by making your net very less visible to the hackers.

4. Use VPN

Nowadays Virtual Private Network (VPN) had become a necessity gone the days when VPN used to be very expensive, and only a few can afford it. Now VPN services can be accessed by anyone for their personal use at very low monthly charges. You can secure your network with VPN by making use of anonymous locations so that hackers will not be able to determine the actual network location. These anonymous locations have a proxy IP address. You need to check your router if it has VPN service, if it supports Personal VPN, then this is the best way to safeguard your Wi-Fi network from hackers.

5. Turn off admin via wireless feature of your router.

By turning off this feature of your router also helps any interruptions in your networks. The feature admin via wireless enables anyone to access the admin functionality with which anyone can make changes in your network, so to prevent this you need to turn off this which. When this option is off you can only physically by connecting Ethernet cable can access the admin functionalities. This will help you to secure your administrative functions of the router from being changed from hackers.

So keep your Wi-Fi network safe from hackers and your neighbors who are looking for free bandwidth or some illegal intentions through your network. Follow these tips especially when you are a new user. New users generally don’t think of such activities as so keep the default credentials provided by the service provider, but the best thing is to change your router information and make it strong. The wireless network thefts have increased in recent times all over the world, so security is the main aspect of any network.

After all these security levels the fact remains the same that no network is completely secured today as the number of hackers has increased, who are trying their best to target weak signal sources of Wi-Fi network. Don’t be a victim of hackers so be careful and follow the simple tips which anyone can apply to their home or office network for securing your Wi-Fi network from unauthorized activities and frauds.
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  1. 20 November 18

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