As digital literacy and technology expand, setting up a secure network — whether in your home or business — can never be overemphasized. It doesn't have to be difficult, either. All you have to do is follow a few steps to enhance your cybersecurity.
Secure Your Settings
The first step is to ensure you're signed in to your Wi-Fi router's admin control page. You can use either a smartphone or a web browser for this step. Check or call the customer support of your router's manufacturer if you want step-by-step instructions on how to sign in.
Once you've successfully signed in, change your router's default username and password. This is necessary to protect your network since these passwords are easily discoverable and well-known. You have to change them as soon as you can.
If you use a web browser to manage your network, ensure that you have a monopoly over the management of the said network. Turn off the "Management" or "Admin" section of the console to prevent attackers from having the upper hand.
Keep Your Firmware Updated
Although you may have turned on automatic updates for your firmware, check whether it's up-to-date — preferably monthly. This will ensure that you achieve the proper functionalities and updated security fixes. You can do this from your device's settings page or the manufacturer's website.
At BetterWorld Technology, we always ensure that all your devices and security tools are up-to-date to protect your business from hackers.
One of the most crucial steps is to ensure that your wireless encryption is "turned on." You can see this on a page called "Security" or "Wi-Fi." At the very least, your wireless internet should use WPA2. Using an older version is quite risky. You should also pick a good password and change it occasionally — especially if a suspicious device is trying to enter your network.
Set Up Guest Wi-Fi
If you usually receive guests, have them connect to your guest Wi-Fi instead of your primary network. This isolated network secures your primary network from being infiltrated by unknown devices. A guest Wi-Fi will also come in handy for other devices, such as your TV and thermostat.
Improve Your Wireless Network Security
Before experiencing the worst-case scenario, it would be best to seek the assistance of managed IT support such as BetterWorld Technology. We will always see to it that your business is secure and protected.