Although there are a lot of perks and comforts to the modern digital age there are still some often overlooked technological vulnerabilities that could potentially put your digital security in danger. If you are currently enjoying the luxuries of wireless internet you may be interested to learn how to better secure your home network. Doing so can help prevent cases of identity theft, other forms of data theft, and bring you some additional peace of mind when using your computer. Even for the tech-impaired there are still some simple ways to further boost the security of your wireless home network although it may be best to get some help. Here we’ll look at some simple ways to protect your computer data and secure your wireless network.
Change the Wireless Name
This one might seem a little bit useless at first but it’s a great first step that’ll add to a larger culmination of security precautions. While in itself changing the name of your wireless network isn’t going to increase security it will send a message that you have at least modified your home wireless network. One of the things that a hacker will look for when trying to gain entry into a wireless network is standard configurations set up by a likely novice. If you’ve just removed your router from the box and set it up it will likely have a factory name for the wireless signal which is a big tip off that you likely haven’t tweaked any other security features. As a bonus you can have some fun with naming your wireless network.
Put a Password
This is a basic precaution that should be enabled for any wireless network. Even if you live far away from other people you can never be too safe. When choosing a password make sure that it is not so obvious (never use 12345678 and abc123) and has a combination of letters and numbers. Additionally avoid using words that you would find in the dictionary. There are a couple of basic options for password security which include WEP (wired equivalent privacy), WPA, and WPA2 (wireless protected access). Each of these uses a unique form of encryption to protect your password and your wireless network. Generally, WPA and WPA2 represent much higher standards of security than WEP. In addition to putting a password on your wireless network you also need to put a strong password on your router to prevent unwanted access.
MAC address filtering
Not to be confused with the apple computers, a MAC address stands for the unique code that every computer’s wireless card carries. Enabling MAC address filtering will only allow specific computers on your wireless network. While logged into your router you can input the MAC addresses that you want to be able to access your home network. This means that even if someone has found your password that still won’t be able to access your home network.