Wireless or Wi-Fi networks are becoming increasingly popular for internet connection, both in private homes and public places. Using Wi-Fi networks is much easier than using wired networks; however, it is important to consider the security of the network before you start using it.
Worth noting for securing your Wi-Fi network. It is important to use a strong password for your Wi-Fi network. The password should feature a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters and should be changed on a regular basis. Additionally, you should consider using a network authentication protocol such as WPA2, which adds an extra layer of security to your network.
In order to modify the security settings of a wireless network, it is necessary to first identify the network’s details. To locate this information, the user should open the Start menu (or the Run window in Windows XP) and type “cmd” in the command box. Upon pressing Enter, the user will be taken to the command prompt window. In this window, type “ipconfig/all” at the command prompt. The user should then use the scroll bar to view all the information presented. It is important to take note of the details provided, as they will be required later.
For instance, the IP address of the PC is referred to as the IPv4 Address and typically appears as a series. As an example: the IP address on a PC is called IPv4 Address and usually looks like 192.168.1.123. The router’s IP address is called Default Gateway and looks like 192.168.1.1. Usually, there is a MAC Address in the information that appears as 1F:35:0D:00:16:FB. You should note it down because it will be needed in the future.
Router Protection is essential for any wireless network.
It is important to keep your router settings private in order to protect the security of your network. When you first set up your router, it will come with general protection, such as a username and password. It is important to periodically change these settings as needed in order to maintain an adequate level of security. Additionally, some routers allow for more advanced security settings, such as the ability to change the encryption type or set up firewalls. It is recommended that users take advantage of these features if their router supports them, as your network will be more secure because of them. Taking steps to ensure that your router settings are kept up-to-date and secure is essential to protecting your network.
Wireless networks have names, referred to as SSID, or Service Set Identifier. To ensure the security of your network, it is crucial to change the default SSID name that is provided by the manufacturer. If your neighbor has the same router and uses the default settings, they could potentially connect to your network and vice versa.
To avoid any unauthorized access, we recommend changing the SSID name of your router to something unique. It should be something that is not likely to be chosen by your neighbor or anyone else in your area. When configuring your router, you will have the ability to enter the desired name for the SSID. A good practice is to choose a rare name that will ensure the security of your network.
Hide the Network
The wireless Network will broadcast its name (SSID), which can be easily recognized by both users and hackers. This is why it’s important to ensure that the SSID is secure and not easily guessed. In the router configuration, there is an option to disable the SSID broadcast. This is a helpful security measure, as it will make it more difficult for hackers to identify the Network.
However, it is important to note that disabling the SSID broadcast will not make the Network invisible or completely secure. The name of the network will be remembered by PCs that have already connected to it, so there is no need to keep broadcasting after the initial connection is established. It is important to keep in mind that disabling SSID broadcasting will not guarantee security yet as an additional security precaution.