The wifi router is the most important thing for every internet user. As the router is directly linked with most of the home devices and internet so hackers can easily attack it and if your network is not secured then they will hack your router easily. So before anyone hacks your router, here are some tips and tricks which can make your router secured. Follow these 9 tips to keep your network secure and safe.
Keep Your Network Secure
Never use a router given by ISPs
Internet service providers have usually routers which are less secured. The reason behind this is that they have hard coded remote control settings which can not be changed or customized by the users. So whenever they need they can limit the speed of your internet by accessing the router.
So try to use the router which was purchased by trusted sellers i.e Amazon.com or eBay etc. to keep network secure.
Change Router IP Address
As most of the routers usually have a common IP address which is 192.168.0.1. So hackers can easily access your routers web interface. Thus try to change the IP address of your router by going into LAN, setup part of the interface and set an IP address in the range of 1 to 254. So once you will change the IP address of your router then next time can access the web interface by using a new IP address.
Change Password and Username
Usually, administrator password of every router is “admin” and username is also “admin”. Which most of the users forgot to change so hackers can easily access a router web interface and from there can change or limit the speed of the internet.
So try to use the password which has numeric, password alphabets and special characters. If your router allows space as the password then also use spaces which will make your router secured.
Use Https Access
Most of the routers have both HTTP or https access methods. So turn ON the https feature for routers which will secure the access to a router web interface.
Never Save Password in Browsers
Most of the browsers save password and cookies for different sites. So never save the password in any browser because doing so will automatically give access to other users of your computer. Similarly, if your computer will be hacked then the hacker will definitely access all the passwords and username which were saved in browsers.
Update your router Firmware
Most of the routers automatically update their firmware. But if your router has not updated the firmware you can update this firmware from a routers web interface.
Use Mac filtering
Mac filtering is the best way to secure your wifi access. All you have to do is just add the IP addresses of known devices in the Mac filtering option of your router and enable this feature. This will just connect the known devices with the internet and all others devices whose IP address was not saved in Mac filtering will never get access to the router even if they know the password of your WIFI.
This is the best way to lock down your password. Just navigate to your router’s settings and from there set the security setting to WPA2 and set the encryption type to AES.
Once setting this, you need to enter the password or network key for encrypted wifi. This key is the key of your wifi, not the routers admin password so try to set the password of your router in the same way as I have already mentioned.
Turn OFF Wi-Fi Protected Setup
WPS is the button which can be used to connect the desired device with your router. SO if someone has access to your router he/she will just push the WPS button and will connect his/her device with your router. This connection never needs any kind of encryption key or password. Your router will just ask device name and after entering the device name connection will be established.
These are some of the basic tactics which can help you to keep your network secure. If you have any kind of other options or ways to keep a network secure just comment below in the box and we will mention that suggestion as well in our next update. As far as your wifi router is concerned, we have published a new router buying guide and it’s a good place to start