Tips For Securing Your Wireless Connection

Wi-Fi Security Best Practices

We’re online all the time, all day. Everywhere. Remember the days when you had to plug a device in to get online? These days, hopping onto Wi-Fi is like breathing.

But despite being so commonplace, best practices for securing our own Wi-Fi are often not followed. It’s worth reviewing whether you’ve taken all the right steps to make sure your Wi-Fi can’t be misused, particularly in a business setting, but also at home.

Some of the basics:

  • Wireless routers offer you the option of encrypting your data. Do it.
  • Always have a password. You know how folks love to look at what their neighbors name their Wi-Fi networks? Yeah, if they can see it and it’s not secure, anyone can use your Wi-Fi. And definitely change the default password that came with the router. Use a secure password using current best practices to make sure it’s not easily guessed or cracked. (If your user name is "admin," and your password is “password,” change it now. No, right now. We’ll wait. Seriously, go change it.)
  • Don’t broadcast your SSID, and when you name your network, don’t make it easy to guess whose network it is – “The Smiths Home Network,” for example, a terrible idea if you’re the Smith family.

But these are just some of the basics. Wi-Fi is evolving, and what we need to do to keep ourselves safe changes all the time.

Some things the average user might forget:

Routers need to be updated. We tend to take our Wi-Fi for granted, but just like taking the car in for an oil change (or more to the point, updating your operating system as needed), we need to patch routers routinely.

Swap out your router every few years. These devices do age out, and because they are tied to so much personal information, staying up to date is important. When you do upgrade, keep an eye out for a smarter router – for example, one that updates its firmware automatically.

And it should go without saying, but make sure the devices accessing your Wi-Fi are secure as well. Proper security settings and solutions are the barrier that will stop malicious software from getting at your information.

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