Too many people overlook their Wi-Fi routers, leaving their networks vulnerable to cyber-attacks when it comes to home cybersecurity. Your router is how you connect to the Internet when you are at home, and if it is not secured correctly, it is the same as leaving the front door of your house wide open for anyone to walk in.
Here are four things you can do right now to protect your home from remote attackers:
Update your Router
The security software on most routers is updated all the time, so please make sure your router is running the latest version of its software. If you have never updated your router, you are at risk. Login to your router’s admin panel and search for the update button to get the latest updates. If there is the option to allow automatic updates, I recommend that you turn this on.
Check your Encryption Settings
You should ensure that your Wi-Fi is using WPA2 AES encryption. If your router does not support this level of encryption, I suggest you get a more up-to-date router.
Set a Strong Password
You should reset the default router password if you have not done so already. Many ISPs historically shipped routers with very weak passwords.
I recommend using a passphrase instead of a password as this is most secure and easier for you to remember. You could use a favorite lyric from a song. For example, we will take the song Jingle Bells. To make this a secure password, we will mix upper and lower-case letters and change some letters to numbers and symbols.
Example Password = J1ngl3b3ll$
In all cases, please remember:– At least or more than ten characters
– A mix of numbers, symbols, upper and lower case letters
– Use a unique password for every account
– Never use ‘easy to guess’ words like pets names, cars, favorite movies, or sports teams.
Enable The Guest Network
If you have guests over and want to give them your Wi-Fi password, consider setting up a guest network, which allows your guests’ devices to connect to the Internet while being separated from the rest of the devices on your network.
Let me know if you need any help with this.
All the best,
Incognito Privacy Care Team