If you want a perfectly secure internet connection, then unfortunately, you’re in dreamland – it’s pretty much impossible to have perfect security. Fortunately, unless you’re a criminal or you have some serious enemies, you don’t need to worry about perfect security.
Even the average Joe should be concerned about securing their privacy though, and one of the best places to start is by securing your internet router. This is where data actually enters and leaves your home network, and it’s a good idea to make sure that you keep this connection safe.
Here are five things to do to keep your Wi-Fi safe:
1. Change Your Password
Some Wi-Fi routers come to your house with a complicated password. These are generally fine and, in some cases, too complex to easily remember. However, some other Wi-Fi networks come with more simple default passwords.
If you receive a router with a default login name, such as ‘user,’ and a default password, it’s in your best interest to figure out how to change these passwords as soon as possible.
2. Keep It Updated
You’ll probably be prompted for updates fairly frequently. The firmware of your computer, your router, and other software that you use should be kept up-to-date because most software manufacturers are constantly working to prevent any vulnerabilities that might put your security at risk.
3. Encrypt It
Many Wi-Fi routers come with options for encryption. There are several different types that you can choose from. The two most basic forms of encryption are WEP and WPA – both of these hardly offer a significant improvement over your data.
WPA2 is the best form of encryption that’s readily available to people who are using a common Wi-Fi connection.
There are also VPN services that encrypt all of your internet traffic and offer a safe connection. including ExpressVPN, IPVanish and others, though even if you choose to work with them, you should do some research first by reading up about them online.
4. Check Your Logs
If you’re tech-savvy, you can get your Wi-Fi router to log all the incoming and outgoing data. This allows you to scan through this data on your own and determine if anything suspicious is happening.