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Your Wi-Fi’s not so secret weapon: secure your router

Connecting your computer to the internet opens doors… millions of them, in fact It links you to countless devices, some not so friendly. But fear not, tech adventurer You have a powerful shield – your router. Think of your router as your Wi-Fi castle gate. It controls who and what enters your digital home. But […]

Create a guest network to keep your Wi-Fi safe

Many Wi-Fi routers give the Wi-Fi’s owner the option to create a guest network for people who visit. These allow guests to access and use the internet, but they can’t access other connected resources like shared folders or connected devices such as printers. To set one up, access your router’s management software (usually accessible through […]

Put your router somewhere away from interference

Where you place a wireless router can make all the difference in its range. While you probably already realize walls, floors and ceilings can hinder a Wi-Fi broadcast, you should pay special attention to microwaves, fireplaces and electronic devices such as refrigerators or air conditioners. These can severely distort the signal.

Don’t forget to update your router’s firmware

Your router is responsible for much of the security of your network. Just like any other type of security, it needs to be updated to prevent cybercriminals from finding exploits that can grant access to your network and the data within. Perhaps the easiest way to do this is through your browser. Enter the IP […]

Use WPA2 encryption whenever possible for Wi-Fi networks

Virtually all modern routers support WPA2 encryption, which is far more secure than WPA or WEP encryption. Make sure the encryption you’re using on the router is WPA2 so you know the information it’s broadcasting is safe. If your router doesn’t support WPA2, it might be wise to get a new device that does.

Don’t use the default credentials on your network router

Most network routers have default credentials such as “admin” for a username and “password” for a password, neither of which requires much work to guess. Whatever the default credentials, they’re always the same on any given router model, making it a good idea to change these credentials as soon as you set up your router. […]