Surfing the Internet using neighbors Wifi is enjoyable. But if you’re the owner of an unsecured network you should be aware of the suspicious activity on your network. If the LED of your wireless router is constantly blinking and none of the family members are using the Internet, this might indicate that someone is stealing your internet. And you should take some actions to stop those Stealers from accessing your network. In this article, you are gonna learn How To Secure Wifi Network.
How to secure Wifi network
Securing your wifi network is an important thing to do. Anyone can steal your wifi and thus use your internet. It will create a slowdown in the Internet speed as it creates a Security risk. Innocent people are being arrested for sending Suspicious or spam emails from their network. But they are not the cause of that.
Someone steals their internet may have sent those suspicious emails. But After tracking the IP address, the Cyber cell people will arrest the owner of the Internet connection. So, Securing the WiFi is quite a Serious one. Anyone can secure their Wifi network by following the simple steps given below.
How to confirm that someone is stealing your internet?
First, enter the router’s IP address in the browser’s address bar. Then open the DHCP Client Table (Status > Local Network > DHCP Server). This shows a list of all devices connected to your wireless network including those of strangers.
Steps to secure your Wifi Network
1. Setup a good Encrypted password for your Wi-Fi network
Set a well-encrypted password to your Wifi. WEP, WPA, WPA2, CCMP, EMP, TKIP, AES and many more security protocols available to use for your router. These are very good security protocols to use, but if you are a basic user you may get confused to which one to pick for your writer.
Most commonly everyone uses WEP security, however, we strongly recommend WPA2 protocol to our audience. When you go in-depth details WPA2 uses two different types of encryption; AES and TKIP. TKIP or Temporary Key Integrity Protocol is used with WEP in the early days of Wifi launch.
While AES is more secured and adds robust protection to your Wifi. AES uses a block size of 128 bits and key lengths of either 128, 192 or 256 bits depending on the router hardware. AES is more secure than other protocols with its own set of ciphers.
Recently, Wifi Alliance announced the release of their new WPA3 WiFi security protocol which is more advanced than other protocols and expected to release soon with new routers.
Open your router’s admin page and set the wireless security mode to either WEP, WPA or WPA2.
- Username: admin Password: admin
- Username: admin Password: password
- Username: admin Password: (Blank)
2. Use MAC Address Filtering
Every gadget which can connect to the Internet has a unique MAC address. Go to your router’s dashboard click on the Wireless Mac Filter selection, and add the all of your known gadgets MAC addresses. Only one Mac address can connect to a network, this is created to restrict device multiple connections with routers.
For an added layer of protection, you can add your desired MAC addresses to your wireless router’s settings so that only the specified devices can connect to your Wi-Fi network. Only MAC address entered devices get to access internet from a router, all unknown gadgets restricted.
3. Update Router Firmware
Every router manufacturer releases new firmware updates like operating systems, and software. These updates contain bug and exploit fixes, to close the recent security holes. You can check the firmware update status and availability of the router settings page. Go to Router settings->Firmware->update. This is the most common path for updating the firmware, some companies use different locations for the firmware update. Check your router instructions booklet or Index for the complete details.
4. Enable Firewall
Most of the modern routers come with built-in Firewall protection. Enable the firewall before you start using the router to give extra protection to your connection. You can select the best firewall from the large list.
5. Turn Off WPS
Every router comes with a WPS button for quick pairing with devices. When you push this button on your router it automatically connects to the device which is trying to connect with. This button makes the pairing easy by skipping the password entry part. This WPS button is a little insecure when you are trying to make your router more secure.
Any guest in your house can connect to your router without asking a password from you. We always recommend disabling the WPS push button to make it secure even for your visitors and guests. Every router has different locations or paths to disable WPS activity. You can check their manuals to disable it. For Apple users, the WPS button is not available and Apple Airport devices are already secured from this option.
6. Change SSID Name
By default, the router broadcast its manufacturer’s name as SSID (service set identifier). This makes easy to get the manufacturer name by checking the SSID. For example, if you are using D-Link Router600M as SSID name, it makes easy to know the router manufacturer name along with model number by a third person.
Also, the default name looks weird, change the name of your choice to make an extra layer of protection to your WiFi Network. Also, you can hide the SSID broadcast visibility. Just remember the SSID name for connecting your personal gadgets like gaming devices, tablets, smartphone, Televisions, etc.
7. Disable SSID broadcast
You can hide your wireless name from getting displayed on “Available Wireless Connections.” This can be done by enabling the wireless router not to broadcast the name to everybody. Click on Wireless > Basic Wireless Settings > Click on the Disable button next to “Wireless SSID Broadcast.”
8. Disable DHCP
The Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP) server in your router assigns the IP address to login into the router. For example, Dlink default DHCP address is http://192.168.0.1 and it has chances of having a DCHP range of 192.168.0.100 to 192.168.0.125 IP addresses.
Which means the hacker has a chance of using any of the 26 possible IP’s to hack your Wifi Network. Luckily, you can limit the DHCP range of your Wifi router from its settings. Or you can completely disable the DHCP of your router.
That’s all for now. If we missed any technique to protect Wifi, please do share your technique in the comment box below.