This guest article is written by Silvia Brooks, an accomplished freelance writer. She contributes to the website www.homesecurity.org.
Home security is important to all of us. But, how often do we think about the security of our home when it comes to our web connection. Hackers in the modern world are real, and they don’t necessarily care about your or your family. People break into wireless systems for many reasons. Sometimes it is to use your system to send viruses to other devices, sometimes it is to actually look through sensitive information as a means for identity or monetary theft. No matter what, there are too many dangers online for anyone to casually brush off securing their home internet connection. And, you don’t have to be an expert in technology to apply simple procedures that will ward off a large number of cyber threats. Here are some of the simplest ways to secure your home internet immediately:
1. Use a wireless router password.
Whenever you use your home wireless connection, you will notice that you need to enter a password to access the system. The first time you turn on your router and try to connect your laptop to the internet, you will see a notification that requires you to enter a password. Most wireless systems usually come with a built-in password that you can opt for your computer to remember. Many people simply stick with this password, set their laptop to remember it and assume their network is safe. Your wireless network will be much safer, though, if you go ahead and change that password to something only you know. Make sure that it contains at least eight characters and that it consists of both numbers and symbols. The harder it is to break the password, the more time it will take someone to hack your system.
2. Change the name of your SSID connection.
Another easy thing that many homeowners overlook is changing their SSID. Your SSID is your Service Set Identifier. This is basically the set-up name of your wireless connection. It will automatically show up as a default name, such as “wireless333,” “linksys,” or “netgear616.” If you change this name to something of your choice, it will alert anyone trying to break into the system that you have taken the time to change the name. Hackers may simply move on to a connection that seems less secure with an automatic SSID.
3. Disable remote and wireless administrative functions.
Every wireless router has an option for remote access. This means that someone in a different location or on a separate network can log in to the system and make changes by figuring out the password. When you set up your router, make sure to disable remote access. Many routers have this option disabled automatically, but make sure to check on your personal device. Also, go through the settings and make sure that you are not allowing administration through a wireless connection. Even if someone is on your wireless connection, they will still not be able to access the router and will need to connect to a LAN cable to make administrative changes, such as reconfiguring the password.
Silvia Brooks is a contributor to www.homesecurity.org where she specializes in home and web security, insurance and remodeling. Silvia welcomes your comments below!
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