If you work from home, do you know whether your WiFi network is secure? If it isn’t, hackers could use it to access your device and steal sensitive data.
Here are five simple tips to secure the WiFi security in your home network.
5 home WiFi security tips
Put these five tips into action to help keep your home WiFi network secure.
1. Security Protocol
When configuring the router, you can usually choose from various security protocols. You should choose either WPA2 or WPA. The WEP protocol, on the other hand, has low security standards, which is why you should refrain from using it.
2. Network Name and Password
The name of the home network is automatically generated by the provider at the beginning via an SSID ( Service Set Identifier ). You should change from this standard name to a different designation. The same applies to the WLAN password. This should be of sufficient length (+15 characters) and a combination of lower and upper case letters, numbers and characters. Regularly changing this password also ensures a particularly high level of WLAN security.
3. Guest network
Many routers have the option of setting up a network for guests in addition to the normal home network. The connection runs via a separate password. By separating the networks, guests have more difficult access to other devices in the home network, so your devices and data are better protected from outside influences. If you choose this option, you should also ensure that you choose a secure password and change it regularly.
Just like computers, routers have a firewall, which is the first line of defense against attacks with malware, Trojans and the like. This (ideally) recognizes suspicious access from outside and blocks it. The firewall is usually installed automatically when a router is installed – but in any case it is worth checking the current status and switching on the firewall if it is not active.
Last but not least: As with all devices that are connected to the Internet, you should also update routers regularly. Providers are constantly improving their WLAN security and closing loopholes. In order to benefit from this support, new updates should always be installed directly or automatic updates should be activated.
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