Cyber Security

6 Ways to Strengthen and Secure Your WiFi

July 21, 2015

Bita Beigishah

Today it seems like we are constantly in pursuit of a WiFi network. We’re always trying to connect our smartphones, tablets, smart TV’s, laptops and other devices to save on our data plans, boost download speed, and watch Netflix or HBO Go. Well today I am here to give the people what they want.

Here are a few cheap tips, references and techniques that will not only help your WiFi signal become stronger, but also make it more secure and even undetectable to WiFi trolls in your area. 

WiFi Signal

1.Boost It

To start things off, let’s take a look at ways you can improve your WiFi signal at home. This video, that can be found on the Tinkernut YouTube channel, does an awesome job of showing you how everyday household objects can be used to boost the strength and reach of your Wifi signal.

After following those extremely easy and cheap pointers, if your strength does not improve you may want to check out other tips from Tinkernut. They have a ton of interesting and helpful instructional videos.

Securing the wireless network at Home

There are a number of simple ways to secure your WiFi from hackers. Change your network name and password from the default settings to something more creative to decrease the chance that your network and information become compromised.

2. WPA-2

If you’re wireless network isn’t set to WPA-2 encryption, then do it now. WEP is a joke for seasoned hackers. Not all Internet Service Providers give you routers that use WPA-2 encryption by default.

3. Changing the Default SSID name

If you leave your SSID name on default you are asking to be hacked. All someone needs to do if they want to gain access to your network is do a quick Google search and they can find the password to your default SSID name.

4. Turn off Guest Networking

Most routers will have this turned off as a default setting because it is not smart to have on. By allowing Guest Networking you are allowing any and everyone onto your network without needing a password.

5. Enable MAC Address Filtering

By creating a filter by MAC address you are able to monitor what devices are on your network. All you have to do is plug in the MAC addresses of your personal devices and thereafter no other devices will be able to connect to your network without permission.

6. Keep Firmware Updated

By checking out your router vendors website and downloading new updates you are able to patch security holes and improve your networks security. Some newer routers will even update you when new Firmware becomes available, which leaves no excuse not to do it.

This list of security protocols is not exhausted by any means. There are other actions you can take to secure your WiFi further such as Hiding the SSID, Firewall Settings, using WPS with caution, and managing your device list. If you would like to read more about what has been listed visit pcmag.com

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