Nowadays if you have an internet connection, it is likely that you’re using a wireless router to access the web. Wireless Internet is convenient and pretty fast too. WiFi today has become very handy and a comfortable connection. But along with so many merits, WiFi too has its own problems.
So here are 5 tips to help your secure and strengthen your WiFi network.
1. Use Encryption in WiFi connection:-
This is the most common and the most basic tip that many users follow and must follow. It’s very necessary to encrypt your WiFi connectivity. It’s important to encrypt your WiFi, so never use WEP or WPA Encryption methods as they are found to be vulnerable and can easily be attacked by hackers. So for encryption you must always use WPA2 (AES) encryption method or any other better Encryption technique, if you know any.
2. Hide Your Network:-
Go to your router’s admin page, and turn off the “SSID Broadcasting”. This will prevent normal computers from listing your access point. But this could be problematic when you can’t find your own access point. So before implementing this method, download NetStumbler for Windows or MacStumbler for OS X. They will help you find your access points. Moreover they are free.
3. Limit your Mac Address:-
You can also prevent strangers and unwanted guests from using your access points. You can do this by telling your router which devices are allowed to connect. A Mac (Media Access Control) address is like a fingerprint for your networked device. It’s unique for every device. So you should be able to configure your router to grant permission to only certain ones, like your own address or your friends. It’s all up to you.
4. Implement a Firewall protection:-
Always implement a Firewall Protection between Wireless Access Points and the Network. This will surely help you take a step forward in protecting your WiFi from intruders. Also make sure that the Web interface on the Wireless Access Point is firewalled and is inaccessible to the intruders.
5. Set the Auto Change:-
Last but not least. Try to set the Auto Change of the key to the maximum of 1800 seconds that is about 30 minutes. This is a very small step but can make a big difference. This step will ensure your WiFi protection.
Lastly, is doing all the above steps guarantee your WiFi to be safe?? No, not at all. But Internet thieves are very impatient beings. The longer it takes to control a network, the faster they lose interest from it. And eventually stays away from it.