Many people have a Wi-Fi router at home to use the Internet from anywhere, especially now that we have different devices connected at the same time. Therefore, today we will bring you a series of tricks to protect your Wi-Fi from Internet thieves.
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Use WPA Key
When it comes to protecting Wi-Fi, there are three types of keys: WEP, WPA, and WPA2. It is best to use the WPA key since the former is very easy to obtain, and the latter can cause compatibility problems.
To configure the password, you must enter the router configuration through the browser. How do you do this? You have to enter the router’s IP address, which is usually 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1, by default. If you have not changed the passwords, the username and password should be “admin.”
The IP could be another: this information should appear on the router itself or the box. When you are in the router configuration, go to the security section and change the password.
Change The Default Password
Many brands and models of a router have the default username, and password combinations are known to all, and that makes them very vulnerable, as you may have seen with “admin.” Therefore, it is best to change the default password.
Use Long Keys And With All Types Of Characters
Another tip to protect the Wi-Fi is the same that we give you for anything that has to do with passwords. Use one that is long and combines alphanumeric characters and symbols.
The longer and more characters we have our password configured, the more difficult it will be for hackers to obtain our password by brute force. The key-decryption programs commonly used by cybercriminals are generally based on “key dictionaries” that a computer tests. Thus, the more complex the password, the more dictionaries must be used and the longer it will take.
A 20-character key with uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols, would take several years to be deciphered with a standard power computer, and that with the proper dictionary, practically impossible!
Turn Off The Router If You Are Not Going To Use It
Finally, remember to turn off the router when you do not use it. This is the only 100% secure protection against hackers, of course. If you turn off the router when you are not using it, it is likely to be a considerable annoyance to the hacker; he will get tired of your curfew, so most likely, he will go looking for the Internet elsewhere.
In addition, if you turn off the router while the hacker is in the middle of an attack, he will likely have to start from scratch, another aspect that will make him give up over time.
So now you know what you have to do. There is no better defense than prevention. We have to be especially cautious in the digital world since it is very difficult to find out if you are alone in your little patch of cyberspace or sharing more things with a stranger than the air you breathe.