It is important that you keep your Wi-Fi network as secure as possible to avoid any unwanted connections and to protect your data from being accessed by anyone and also to secure yourself from any kind of snooping because hackers once connected to your WiFi Network can access what you’re doing on the Internet, therefore, it is a good thing that you keep your Wi-Fi network secure and protected.
Here are some tips that you can do to secure your Wi-Fi Network.
1. Setting up a Secure Password
The first thing that you should protect your Wi-Fi network by setting up a secure password. It is important that you set up a strong password that is impossible to guess, consider using a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters in the password. Also, change the old, default password. This will prevent any unauthorized person from connecting to your network and also fewer data will be consumed and you will have all of the bandwidth to yourself.
2. Change the name (SSID) of the Wi-Fi Network
Changing the name (SSID) of your Wi-Fi Network is another thing that you should consider. When you buy a new router then the SSID is usually the company default. You should change the SSID and this will disconnect any devices that were previously connected to your Wi-Fi network and they will have to re-connect to your network using the new password.
3. Filtering MAC Addresses
Setting up MAC Address can also help prevent any unauthorized access to your network. All the devices that are connected to your network have a unique MAC address just like the IP address. You can add the MAC addresses of all your devices to the settings of your Wireless Router and after that, only the specified devices will be able to connect to your Wi-Fi network.
4. Limiting the range of Wi-Fi Signals
If you live in a small apartment or a congested area and your Wi-Fi router has a relatively long-range then you should reduce the range of your wireless router by changing the mode of your router to 802.11g instead of 802.11n or 802.11b or you should try using a different wireless channel.
You can also try to limit the signals by wrapping the antenna of the router with a metal foil or placing a metal object nearby which disturbs the signals of the router, weakening the signals.
5. Keep Router Firmware Updated
Last but not least, you should always keep your router updated to the latest firmware version. Old versions of firmware have some security issues and bugs. When your router is on the latest version of the firmware then it will be protected from most of the bugs because they would have been patched already in the update.