Many people are now aware and take good measures for their online safety, but safeguarding the WiFi router still lies low at the priority list of the most. The reasons may range from lack of knowledge to mere carelessness, but your home router’s security is as important as your front door’s because it is the foremost target of hackers trying to invade through your system.We are presenting some tips to safeguard ur WiFi router
1. Enable WPA2 (WI-Fi Protected Access)
=>Ok, this is the first and foremost thing to do for everyone who has or plans to buy a router. It provides encryption to your system and its variant WPA-PSK can be found in home networks. Those who use old routers, they might be having WEP or Wired Equivalent Privacy security, and trust us, it is no better than zero security.
2. Create a Strong SSID Network Name
=>Do not use the router’s default network name like D-Link or Netgear. Hackers have specific tools like rainbow table to bust into your network just by knowing your default SSID name.
3. Use a Strong Password or Passphrase Maybe
=>Well, no talk on security can circumvent the importance of strong passwords. Do you know if you increase your password’s length to just one more character, the chances of the hacker cracking your code with probabilistic ways are reduced by hundreds.
4. Firewall of Your Router
=>Well, if you have it, then Use it. It is the router’s inbuilt protection system to make it somewhat obscure from the hacker’s view. Also, new routers come with ‘stealth mode’ firewalls.
5. Turn Off UPnP
=>The Universal Plug and Play protocol (UPnP) which is meant to establish easy connection with devices in the vicinity can make your router vulnerable and make it a potential target for the hackers (results could be DoS attacks as well).
Not all the routers are susceptible to UPnP exploitation, but why take the risk.
6. Use VPN
=>A personalized VPN service for your router is the way to go if you are willing to shed a few bucks for your important data. VPN works by giving your location anonymity on its server and even creates its own firewall to protect your network traffic.
7. Enable Logging Feature
=>The logging feature in your router keeps an account of the log attempts from all IP addresses and give you all the connection attempt details. This could help you monitor any ongoing suspicious activity.
8. Use Security Services
=>You can also use cloud-based security services like OpenDNS to screen the traffic through your router. You simply have to configure your network to the online service’s nameserver rather than those used by your ISP.