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How To Secure Your New Wireless Router

(Last Updated On: December 23, 2017)

When you buy a new wireless router the first thing you should be doing is setting up the security for your network and for that you don’t have to be a tech genius. It’s a necessary and a vital step that most people ignore. If you leave a vulnerable spot in your network, there are chances that your network might get hacked leaving access to your connected devices which in turn will lead to sensitive information saved on them. So don’t just ignore security setup on your new wireless router and pay attention to it for few minutes so you won’t have to regret it later. In this publication we are going to list some of the steps that you can follow to setup the security on your new wireless router. So let’s get into it.

Admin Password

The first and most important step is the Admin Panel to any configuration you will make in the future and all the devices that are connected through your wireless router have been logged in the admin panel. So to start things off you have to create an Admin Password and not just any password, make it a strong one as well.

Most people don’t bother to change the default password that the manufacturer has setup at the time of manufacturing. It is a big mistake to leave the admin password as the default one because anyone can download the list of default password from the manufacturer’s website and access your admin panel easily.

Firmware/Software of Wireless Router

When you buy a new wireless router chances are that it has been manufactured and shipped to the stores probably weeks or months before your purchase date. The time your wireless router has spent on the shelves, the manufacturer has probably rolled out new updates for it’s software fixing the bugs and improving it’s functionality.

When you bring your wireless router home just make sure that it’s running on the latest version of the firmware so that you’re not only safe from security vulnerabilities but also your wireless router is running the best firmware performance wise.

You can follow the manual that came along with the wireless router to ensure you follow the instructions on updating your wireless router’s firmware.

Wireless Encryption

When you create your home network be sure to encrypt it with the latest encryption. You will have the option to encrypt your wireless network using WEP, WPA and WPA2 encryption. At the time of this publication the WPA2 is the encryption that is the latest and is the most effective of all. You should check for the latest encryption if you reading this publication in the future months. The WPA2 is currently the most effective in bouncing off unauthorized access of your wireless network.

Wireless Admin Privilege

When you buy a new wireless router be sure to disable the Wireless Admin Privileges and you should only stick to making changes on your wireless network via Ethernet connection. Wireless admin access will lead to easier hacking as anyone can hack into your wireless router’s admin panel from a distance and you wouldn’t even know who  did it.

Firewall

Today wireless routers mostly come with built-in firewall to prevent security threats that may be directed towards your wireless network. Be sure to utilize this feature on your wireless router if you don’t know whether your router has a built-in firewall or not you can check the manual that came along with it. After you setup your firewall be sure to test it if it’s working properly and your access to Internet is not restricted as well.

Stealth Mode

Stealth mode in routers is not that common yet but if your router does have a stealth mode you should turn it on. It makes your wireless network and the devices connected to it less vulnerable to attack by hackers by not responding to unknown requests to connect to open ports on your wireless router.

Unique & Strong SSID

If you have bought a new wireless router the network name of your home network or office network will be set as default name and that is a security vulnerability to Rainbow-Table based Encryption attacks. Choose a strong SSID to avoid that and use a combination of upper and lower letters along with special characters and numbers to make it as strong as possible.

We hope you find this publication useful be sure to check out best wireless routers for very use.

About Martin Smith

Martin Smith a Blogger and a Professional Content Writer. Living in Abu Dhabi (UAE) and Studying Journalism at NYU Abu Dhabi Campus. Read More About the Author

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