Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
Here are 3 basic ways to keep your WiFi router or connection secure:
1. Change the router's Default Username and Password.
Choose an uncommon username, something only you can know. Then choose a strong password - keep it at least 8 characters long, using a combination of letters, numbersand characters. Keep it secure and don't share it with others.
2. Turn on Encryption.
Right now, the best encryption technology is WPA2. Select that one if your router supports it. If you're still in the process of purchasing one, avoid routers that only support WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) and WEP (Wired Equivalency Privacy) and purchase one that supports WPA2. There are available tools on the Internet that can easily crack WPA and WEP encryption.
3. Change the Default SSID and Disable Broadcasting.
The SSID is your network name. By default, routers use a generic manufacturer SSID like "netgear", "linksys" or "default". Change it to something else, something uncommon. You can use the same principle as choosing/creating a strong password. A network using a default SSID can be perceived by the attacker as a weak and poorly configured network and will most likely attack it first. Another thing you can do with your SSID is to shut off or disable broadcasting. Keeping it "out of sight" will lessen the chances of it being attacked. Don't worry about shutting this feature off because you can still connect to it manually.
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