The internet has to large extents become as basic to daily living as clothing is. As the world continues to progress towards full implementation of IoT, the need for better security and privacy measures cannot be overemphasized. With most devices connected to the Internet, it has naturally become a breeding ground for teaming Blackhat hackers, looking for an opportunity to cause mayhem online.
The easiest point of attack for most newbies is your Wi-Fi network, which makes logical sense. Every little nerd these days wants to be a Wi-Fi hacker, thanks to Hollywood, but there really aren’t many things a boy can hack at age 12, except well his neighbour’s Wi-Fi network.
Below are a few simple steps to ensure that little nerd never gets into your Wi-Fi again:
– Make sure your WPS is disabled
The first thing you need to do to secure your Wi-Fi is to disable the WPS feature on your router. Every router has a default pin which is easily accessible. What WPS does is to make use of this pin in order to gain unauthorized access to the router.
Just changing your pin isn’t going to be okay at the very least. The best bet is to disable your WPS.
Do this simply by logging in to the router’s admin page. Under the ‘settings’ tab, navigate to WPS and uncheck the box or click on the WPS icon and then on ‘disable WPS’.
-Hide your SSID
Your SSID refers to your wireless router’s broadcast. In simpler terms, it is the wireless signal associated with your router. Hiding your SSID would require any prospective client to your network to input the SSID and the network’s password. This makes the job a lot more difficult to perform a Wi-Fi crack.
– Set Strong passwords
When you create stronger passwords, they keep most hackers at bay as they are much more secure owing to the combinations used. Even when fail-proof systems of hacking are used, such as brute force attacks, stronger passwords take longer periods to crack and as a result are not necessarily fanny magnets for most hackers.
You can make your Wi-Fi passwords much more secure by using a combination of things like the first letter of your name, then add a few special characters in between letters and numbers and let it have about ten or more characters in all.
– Put off WiFi when not in use
If the hacker doesn’t see any Wi-Fi signals available, he/she is less likely to try hacking it. Always ensure to turn off your Wi-Fi when not in use.
– Ensure that your router’s password is strong
Anyone who can hack into your Wi-Fi can as well try to hack into your router. Frequent changes to the password of your router and your username will go a long way to secure your system.
These are really simple tips anyone can execute to ensure a more secure your phone from hackers & trackers.