Using the Internet the wireless way has its advantages and disadvantages. One of the major concerns using a wireless router is the issue of security. As a user how safe are you using a wireless router is a million dollar question. However, you can go a step ahead and secure your wireless router by taking a few precautionary measures.
Change the user name and password on your wireless router
Almost all wireless access points are managed through a special administrative account. This account, allows access to configuration of your devises through a special user name and password. By default the user name is set to admin or administrator and the password is set to admin, password, public, or simply left blank. Having had your wireless router installed, it is necessary that you change the administrative password on your router. The default passwords for popularly used routers are well known among hackers. To secure your wireless router, you can change the default password. It is recommended that you change the password once in 30 or 45 days. This is one of the ways you can improve security of your wireless router.
Ensure that you have firewall set up
One of the best ways to guard your computing devices and router is to make sure that you have a personal firewall set up. Having a firewall set up is regarded as the least expensive way of protecting your home network. There are many personal firewall products available in the market. A few of them that you can make use of are
- Norton Personal Firewall
- McAfee Personal Firewall Plus
- Sygate® Personal Firewall
- BlackICE™ PC Protection
You can make sure that you have firewall enabled on each of your computing device and on the router.
On private networks use a static IP address
There are two types of addresses that are used on networks. One of them is static IP address and the other being the dynamic IP address. Static IP address is also known as fixed addressing, serves as a perfect alternative to dynamic IP addressing. Convenience is the reason why more computers are using Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). However, you can use static IP address because of the advantages it offers. One of the major advantages in using static IP address is the security of your home networks and router. Research has proved that using static IP address on home networks gives better protection against network security issues in comparison with using DHCP assignment.
- You can choose a unique static IP address for you home network and router by following these tips
- Avoid choosing an IP address that ends with ‘.0’ or ‘.225’. such kind of addresses are reserved for use by network protocols.
- Do not opt for an IP address that falls outside your network mask
- Never select an IP address that is commonly used by network routers and other private range consumer devices.
There are other ways you can secure your home network and wireless router. You can enable the MAC address filtering, disable the SSID broadcast, change the default SSID and turn off your router during extended period of not using the router.
By-line (author bio): This is a guest post by Jena Branch of Buycox.com, a site that offers savings and current information on cox cable packages.