Steps to protect the Wifi Network: Several years ago, people used to use the wired network to use the Internet on their personal computers. But by the evolution of technology these days, Wireless Networking has taken a huge part. Wireless Networking has outcrossed the Wired Network, and it becomes very easy to connect to the Internet from any electronic devices without every worrying about the wired cables.
But there is a problem here. In previous days where the wired networks are dominating, it is not that easy to crack the network by using any technical methods. It is tough to use someone’s Internet without having physical access to the device. But now, it literally takes few minutes to enter into other network and can steal the bandwidth but sitting next to the network administrator. Don’t you worry about that?
Personally, I do. Because these practices are appalling and technically this is called as piggybacking. Here are the worse things that happen if someone gets into your Network.
- Eventually, if you are having limited bandwidth, your monthly bill might skyrocket.
- If your Network is not secure, the speed might effect because the thieves may use all your current bandwidth.
- It is easy to take all your data with photos and personal files without even your notice.
So what can you do? Follow these steps carefully.
Steps to Secure Your WiFi Network
Step 1: Change your router IP address
First of all, you must need to modify the default IP of your router. Generally, most of the routers do come with default private IP addresses like 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.2.1, which are actually venerable. So, you need to modify it to something that no one can actually predict easily.
Step 2: Change the router login password
The second thing is a must. The default password of the router is ‘password.’ Everyone knows that. So, when someone visits your home and connects to the Wifi network, they have an easy to your Wi-Fi network. Think about it.
Step 3: Change your Network SSID name
This move is for apparent reason. Every router does come with their brand SSID. When it broadcasts the default SSID, it becomes easy to others to take control over your router because when they know the brand, they use the default values to enter into the network. Makes sense right?
Step 4: Use strong Wifi password
Do you know about the Network Encryption? If yes, that’s great. Every wireless router does have this encryption. There are various methods like WEP, WPA-Personal, and WPA2. Generally, WEP is the necessary encryption. So, set the password with any one of the encryption policies. I personally use, WPA2.
Step 5: MAC filtering
Take advantage of MAC filtering. This is nothing to do with Apple Mac. A MAC IP is a specific IP that is PC dependent. It is not possible to know the MAC ID of the computer wirelessly through the Network. But, the target PC is within the network then is obvious to spoof the MAC ID of the computer. It is even possible to steal the data quickly. So, list down all the MAC ID’s and filter them within the router dashboard.
Step 6: Reduce the Broadcasting Range
Don’t want others to see your SSID or even not willing to enter into your Network, then try decreasing your broadcasting range. If the router is dual band, turn off the single band of 5Ghz and wrap the router in foil or keep the router in a shoe box.
Step 7: Firmware update
It is advised to check the firmware of the router occasionally. If you find any, just upgrade it by visiting the router dashboard using the default or changed IP address.
I hope these techniques will help you to secure the Wifi Network quickly in just a few minutes without consulting any network administrator. Ping me back if you face any problems while implementing the steps mentioned above.