Why You Should Secure Your Home Wireless Network

There are a lot of idle cyber junkies sitting out there – whose activity of fun denotes breaking into unsecured networks, hacking them and leave funny messages – slogans of victory, as if they have conquered an enemy fort. They get an exorbitant amount of high from such activities, its like online opium for them. With Internet ruling our lives in most phases of business and transactions, one has to protect their systems and gadgets from these online parasites. Therefore it is for these very reasons that online security is a big business. Hence setting up ones router’s security protocols, one could sleep better at night. It is like thwarting the online terrorists from having their way. The easy part is setting up ones wireless network or router, but the crus forms in locking it down. As such wireless networks are less secure than wired ones so one has to a bit extra careful to foil intruders.

Home security networks are always an easy prey to hackers

Home wireless networks are always an easy prey, because a domestic user may not be thorough with all online security essentials. Office networks have engineers responsible for protection of the same. But it is not so at home. Also a large number of users are children at home. Hence it is more vulnerable to break into home security networks all across the globe. Home wireless networks and WI – FI allow one to access Internet are high broadband speeds in a wireless mode of operation. This also allows connecting multiple gadgets to a same network for parallel net use. Therefore any other person within the network range can access or potentially connect to the users network and fiddle with it.

Home Wireless NetworkThere are few methods that might help one to protect in a broad sense:

  • Use a strong administrator password – One should always choose a strong administrator password for set up and other configuration settings. The default passwords are weak, so they should be in used for long after installation of devices. It is not required to frequently keying in passwords to enter the network by regular users. Hence one can choose a strong password and safely store it confidently. Some routers also allow changing administrator name, which is another good way to maintain security of the WLAN.
  • Staying up to date with routers firmware patches– This is released by the concerned software company from time to time just like software up gradations. They generally fix existing lapses if any in the existing network system.
  • Disable remote administration – One may also disable remote administration of the router from other places. This may be so unless the user is really in need of frequent remote usage and is very familiar with WLAN security and administration protocols.
  • Use encryption password for home security like WPA2 Personal. It should be most secure with various items one connects at home.

Take a look at this video on improving your wireless network:

However one should always be careful in checking the monthly bills, any malware in functioning of the network, etc. Like one calls upon a systems engineer to clean up virus and upgrade software, one should also be prudent to use the services of network specialist to check upon the security levels.

Walt Smith

Walt is a writer and editor for GigleNetworks, a blog that discusses everything to do with networking technologies. He resides in sunny Florida with his wife and beautiful 2 children.

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