We only care about Wi-Fi security when we’re setting up the router device for the first time. Once we’re connected to the network, we forget about the existence of the router device, and completely ignore the security of the Wi-Fi network.
Majority of the blame falls on the accessibility provided by modern devices and not our own lack of knowledge regarding technical security aspects of a router. Most of the time, people even forget the passwords of their routers because their devices connect automatically with the network, and they don’t care to update the password or enhance the network’s security.
Such clumsiness is the exact reason that’s causing harm to the security of your devices, and threatens the security and integrity of your private data. You cannot even begin to imagine how dangerous a compromised Wi-Fi network can be for the security of your home network.
How to Secure WiFi from Hackers and Cybercriminals?
If you’re wondering how to secure WiFi and improve the overall security of your network, the following tips are sure to help you out.
- Activate Encryption
Old routers used to come with WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) security system. It was later discovered that this system contains serious vulnerabilities and is very easy to hack.
Modern routers, including Wouter, comes with WPA and WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access) system which is way more secure compared to the older system. It provides valid encryption to your network, keeping it secure from hackers and cybercriminals. Make sure that this option is enabled on your router.
- Change Network Name
It is easy to hack into routers that are still using their default network name like D-Link or Netgear. Hackers have tools, like rainbow table, that can bust into your network just by using your default SSID name.
- Use a Strong Password
Most people prefer to keep short and easy Wi-Fi passwords. Some even name it after their favorite movies or characters in an attempt to look cool in front of those with whom you share your Wi-Fi password.
Remember, the easier a Wi-Fi password is, the more vulnerable your network is to a hacker. So instead of keeping easy passwords, we recommend that you keep longer passwords with both upper case and lower case letters, as well as numbers and symbols.
Also, make sure that you share your password with as few people as possible. If a hacker finds out your Wi-Fi password, even the best encryption services won’t be able to save your network from getting compromised.
- Use PureVPN
PureVPN comes equipped with modern security protocols that keep your Wi-Fi network secure from all external threats. PureVPN provides 256-bit military-grade encryption that can safeguard your network from all kinds of hackers, cyber criminals, and even major surveillance agencies.
PureVPN can also keep your actual location anonymous on the web, making it impossible for anyone to track you down. PureVPN is also a better alternative to the router’s remote management features that expose its web based interface on the web.
- Use the Firewall Feature on your Router
Firewalls can be incredibly helpful for the security and anonymity of your network. Modern routers often have ‘stealth mode’ firewalls in their system.
Not only can firewalls defend your network against malicious content, they also keep you anonymous, and somewhat obscure from the hacker’s view.
- Turn Off Guest Networks
Most people tend to give their neighbors access to guest networks so they can use your Wi-Fi without needing to have an encryption password. This feature can be dangerous if not use wisely.
While guest Networks on most Wi-Fi networks lacks security features, PureVPN’s Wouter service allows you to put on passwords on your Guest Network, and even allows you to setup an expiry date for the guest network so that it is turned off automatically when the time period finishes.
- Enable Logging Feature
Logging feature in your router keeps an account of all login attempts from different IP addresses. This can help you monitor any suspicious activity and make relevant changes to your password or security to stay safe from hacking attempts.
Now that you know how to secure WiFi from hackers and cybercriminals, we’re sure that you’ll practice these tips as much as you can. But if you want bullet-proof security over your Wi-Fi network, we recommend that you get our VPN and WiFi Wouter, which deliver complete and unparalleled security to your Wi-fi network.