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How To Protect Your Home Network

By Edited Sep 22, 2016 3 6

Today the Internet is for everyone. And it’s moving to more and more platforms. From mobile phones to TV’s, from tablets to gaming consoles. You can almost access the Internet from anywhere. Even from your home, but how can you set up your home network in a safe way? In this article I will show you help you to add that extra layer of defense to your home network.

Wire's VS Wireless

If you connect everything with wire’s (Ethernet cable’s) your network will be a lot more secure then wireless. Because you can’t easy connect to it from outside your door so a potential attacker will first have to gain physical access to your home before they can’t connect to your network. However this will cost a lot more if you have multiple computers and it’s a big mess, especially when you want to move devices also you can’t connect your mobile phone or tablet with cable’s so you will probably choose for the wireless option.


Secure Network
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Securing Your Wireless Network

The first thing you need to do when you have a new modem is configure it. You can connect to your configure page by accessing its IP on the network. In my case this IP is but you probably can find yours in your manufacturer’s instructions. Here you can also find your username and password (if you need any). If you can’t find your routers IP you can try another trick that only works on windows. First open your command prompt (Start > Run > type ‘cmd’ > Enter), now in the command prompt  type ‘ipconfig /all’ and search for the label ‘Gateway’ the IP next to it is your routers IP.

So now that we are at our configure page we probably want to set up a password. Use a secure password. This means: more than six characters, mix uppercase and lowercase, add numbers, don’t use dictionary words and add some special characters (if possible). Now we have to use a password encryption. WEP is the weakest of them all (it can be cracked in a matter of seconds) so I would recommend to use WPA or WPA2. After changing the password you can change the default SSID or even disable SSID broadcasting. This way your network won’t show up if you are searching for wifi networks. But this means that you have to manually type in the SSID on a new device.

So now your wireless network is better secured. To improve your security even more I would recommend to secure your computer. This will add an extra layer of protection. Also if you won’t need your wireless internet for a while just turn it off.




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May 4, 2013 2:34pm
With my old router, i did not have it secured and my neighbors were connecting and really slowing it down at time for us. I have a new router secured it. I bet the neighbors are unhappy that they cannot watch their porn on my dime anymore.
May 4, 2013 3:20pm
Haha I bet they won't like that! I had a similiar problem a few years back. But the good part was that I could access all of their date so we've come to an agreement.
May 6, 2013 8:10am
Haha i love it when people don't secure their routers !
May 7, 2013 7:56pm
A secure wireless network with WPA/WPA2 security is the only way to go.
May 8, 2013 7:31pm
some good tips for newbie network installers
Oct 6, 2015 5:53am
Very informative article with excellent tips.
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