Let’s see how we can enhance the security of our home Wi-Fi network and reduce the chances of being compromised and become a victim of any cyberthreat.
- Change the SSID of Wi-Fi Network
- Use WPA2 or Higher Encryption Technology
- Change the Default Admin Password
- Make Use of Wi-Fi VPN
- Keep SSID Broadcast Hidden
- Keep Your Router Software Updated
- Keep DHCP Functionality of the Router Off
1. Change the SSID of Wi-Fi Network
2. Use WPA2 or Higher Encryption Technology
Various tools are available free of cost, which allow cybercrooks to crack weak Wi-Fi encryption to intercept, view and even modify Wi-Fi traffic. Currently, three wireless encryption technologies are used widely, WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy), WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) and WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2).
If your current Wi-Fi encryption technology is not the latest one, then it’s advisable to change it. For that, from the web-browser go to the router’s admin settings and go with the safest option WPA2 and use AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) cipher for securing the transmissions between Wi-Fi router and the user’s devices.
Note: The new WPA3 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 3) is announced, though it’s still not widespread. But, at least update with WPA2 for better security.
3. Change the Default Admin Password
If you’re using the default and become a victim of any cyber crook, then they can change the admin console and passwords of your router which can keep you out and if you lose the access to router’s admin settings there’s no way that you can make any security enhancement of your home Wi-Fi. So, it’s better to change it with a strong hard to guess complex password.
4. Make Use of Wi-Fi VPN
One of the best ways to secure a home network from cyberthreat is to make use of a VPN offered by trusted Wi-Fi VPN providers. By configuring it with your router, you create a secure tunnel with all the connected devices ultimately helping you provide privacy from intrusion which is posed by any cybercrooks and even your ISP (Internet Service Provider).