How secure is your Wi-Fi? Did you know that there are roughly 1.88 billion websites on the internet?

In 60 seconds on the internet:

  • 5,700,000 searches are conducted on Google
  • 1,500 activities are shared by athletes on Strava
  • 1,000,000 users are connected on Teams
  • 452,000 hours are streamed on Netflix
  • 240,000 photos are shared on Facebook
  • 167,000,000 videos are watched on TikTok
  • 694,000 hours of YouTube are streamed.

That is a lot of people around the globe doing a lot of things. How do you know that your home Wi-Fi network is safe? Are you aware that 300,000 pieces of malware are created daily? How do you keep your home network safe when there are so many potential threats to it?

We provide some tips to help you keep safe in an ocean where there are many threats.

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7 Steps to secure your home Wi-Fi

1. Change the default name of your home Wi-Fi

The first step towards a safer home Wi-Fi is to change the SSID (service set identifier). SSID is the network’s name. Manufacturer’s customarily give all their wireless routers a default SSID.

In most cases, it is a company’s name. When a computer with a wireless connection searches for and displays the wireless networks nearby, it lists each network that publicly broadcasts its SSID. This gives a hacker a better chance of breaking into your network. It is better to change the network’s SSID to something that does not disclose any personal information thereby making it more difficult for a hacker to locate you.

2. Make your wireless network password unique and strong

Most wireless routers come pre-set with a default password. This default password is simple to guess for hackers, especially if they know the router manufacturer. When choosing a strong password for your wireless network, make sure it is at least 20 characters long and includes numbers, letters, and various symbols.

This setting will make it more challenging for hackers to access your network.

3. Enabling network encryption

Almost all wireless routers come with an encryption feature. By default, it is turned off. Turning on your wireless router’s encryption setting can help secure your network.

Make sure you turn it on immediately after your broadband provider installs the router. Of the many types of encryption available, the most recent and effective is “WPA2.”

4. Turn off network name broadcasting

When using a wireless router at home, it is strongly recommended that you disable network name broadcasting to the public. This feature is often useful for businesses, libraries, hotels and restaurants that want to offer wireless internet access to customers, but it is largely unnecessary for a private wireless network.

5. Keep your router’s software up to date

Sometimes router’s firmware, like any other software, contains flaws that can become vulnerabilities unless they are quickly fixed by firmware releases from the manufacturer. To protect your router, always install the most recent upgrade of software available on the system and download the latest security patches to ensure no security hole or breach is left open to online predators.

6. Make sure you have a good firewall

A “firewall” is designed to protect computers from harmful intrusions. Wireless routers generally contain built-in firewalls but are sometimes shipped with the firewall turned off. It is advised to check that the wireless router’s firewall is turned on. In case your router doesn’t have such a firewall, make sure you install a good firewall solution on your system to watch for malicious access attempts to your wireless network.

7. Use VPNs to access your network

A virtual private network, or VPN, is a group of computers or networks that work together over the internet. Individuals can use VPNs, like Norton Secure VPN as a method to secure and encrypt their communications. When you connect to a VPN, a VPN client is launched on your computer. When you log in with your credentials, your computer exchanges keys with another server. Once both computers have verified each other as authentic, all your internet communication is encrypted and secured from outside prying.

Most of all, check the devices connected to your home network and make sure they have reliable security software installed to protect against viruses and spyware.

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