What is a Secured Wifi Network?
As Wireless network (Wi-Fi) has changed our lives and how we use the internet for good and now it is easier for everyone in a home to connect their devices like laptops, mobiles, and tablets to the internet without any hassle and mess of cables. When it was the time when we were dependent on the huge mess of cables that were necessary to provide us the internet connection by connecting us to the source PC so that we can receive the connection. At that time stealing or interfering the internet connection was almost impossible, but with the advantage, there are some disadvantages attached to it. Wireless Internet Network (Wi-Fi) is speedy, fast, convenient, but on the other hand, it is also very easy to steal the bandwidth and to hack devices connected to it. If your Wi-Fi network is not secured, anyone within the wireless signal range can use it by simply clicking on it. For network encryption, it is necessary to understand why do we need it.
- It can increase your internet bill when you have to pay per byte used.
- It reduces your connection speed as more users connect to one Wifi network.
- It can be dangerous for all the devices connecting to the network as any cybercriminal can easily hack the devices and can misuse the sensitive information.
However, you do not need to worry there is a way out of it. You can always secure your wireless internet network by the following steps and ensure network encryption.
Steps to Secure your Wireless Home Network
You can minimise the dangers of getting hacked by hackers, spammers or other cyber criminals by making your (wireless) Home Network a secure and encrypted network connection that can’t be accessed by any of such evils.
Go to the Wifi Router Setting Page
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To encrypt network (Wi-Fi), the first thing you must know is how to change your Wifi router’s setting. Using a laptop or computer system open the web browser (even without internet connection) and type “192.168.1.1” in the address bar, then enter the right username and password for the router. If you do not know then see your router’s manual or google your router’s manual online by typing your router’s model, for instance, we are going to demonstrate the LinkSYS router settings in this article. You can refer to your router setting by reading the manual.
Set a Strong Password for your Wifi Connection
The router comes with a default password usually an eight digit numerical password that is very easy to think. Now once you logged into your router now, the next step is to set a strong password that is hard or nearly impossible to guess by anyone trying to access your wireless network. You need to change it for network encryption, and you can do it by clicking the ‘’Administration’’ tab on your router’s setting page.
Change the SSID name of your Network
Now that you have set a strong password; you need to change the wireless network name (SSID name of your Wi-Fi) that is by default represents the brand name of your modem manufacturer. It let other people know that which connection you are using. When they try to steal the Wi-Fi and by knowing that guessing password becomes easier as most brands have a default set of password, so to change that go to the ‘’Wireless’’ tab of your router’s setting page and then change the SSID name and save the settings for a network encryption.
Activate Network Encryption
To prevent people from stealing your Wi-Fi connection, you need to encrypt network. There are different options for Wi-Fi network encryption, for instance, WEP, WPA (WPA-Personal), and WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access version 2) that are compatible with various hardware. WEP is the least secure, but it is compatible with the older hardware devices, and the network encryption security level is not too strong hence can be cracked easily, but WPA2 is the most secure and encrypt network but it is only compatible with the new hardware manufactured after 2006.
Setup MAC filter
All the wireless devices you own have their specific MAC addresses (Media Access Control), similar to all the PCs connected to the Internet have a unique IP address. To enhance and boost your wireless connection security and network encryption you can go specific and add the MAC address of each device connected to the Wi-Fi so only the authorized device can access the wireless connection. Before you do this, you need to do a little homework to collect and make a list of all the MAC addresses of all the device you want to add as an authorized device in your router’s setting page. Moreover, then follow these steps. Now you have all the MAC addresses it is time to add them, and this can be done by clicking ‘’Wireless’’ tab of our router’s setting page the click again and go to ‘’Wireless network access’’ tab and add all the addresses and then save settings.
Restrict the Wifi Signal Range
If your wireless router has high in range and high range is not a necessity as you live in a small space. Then this range is more good for other people than you, but you can decrease the signal range of your Wifi router by going to the ‘’Wireless’’ tab and then click on the ‘’Advanced Wireless Settings’’. Try decreasing the range as your needs.
Update your Router’s Firmware
It is critical to keep an eye on your router’s firmware and if it out dated be very quick to update it for the performance boost by getting all the latest technical updates to ensure strong network encryption.
Get Connected to the Secured Network
Now that you have done with almost the best security wireless settings possible, you need to activate these settings to your computer and other devices connected to it. Connect each device to the Wi-Fi and save them with “automatically connect” to this Wi-Fi option, so you do not need to enter all the username and password every time you log into the network. Now that you have successfully secured your Home (Wireless) Network, and no one can crack these security settings, and you can enjoy your Wi-Fi connection without any worries.
Check Who is Connected to your Wi-Fi
Even after all these security measures, if you think someone is still stealing on your Wifi then there are a lot of software and apps that you can download to check who is using your Wifi network, thanks to technology which makes our life easier.
The worst possible thing that people do these days is ignoring the security steps for their internet connection and devices. Which, in turn, take them to the worse of the security hazards like hacking, spamming, and cyber data theft. So be a smart internet user and be encrypted, so all the snoopers have nothing to look for except a coded and encrypted network. You can follow our ultimate encryption guide for more encryption.