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.
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 192.168.1.1 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.