Wireless routers make it easy for people to connect to the Internet without the burden of cables. If you own a laptop, then you will probably find that a wireless network appeals to you because it gives you the freedom to use your computer from anywhere within range of the router’s signal. This convenience, however, opens up the possibility that other people can access your network. As long as you take a few steps to protect your network, though, you shouldn’t have to worry about eavesdroppers.
Create a Password to Protect Your Wireless Network
Protecting your wireless network with a password makes it impossible for average people to use your Internet connection. A password might not stop serious hackers, but it will offer a basic level of protection. To set up a password, direct your browser towards the router’s URL (you can find its designated URL in the owner’s manual) and follow the directions. Always choose random passwords. You are trying to protect your network from the people in your area, who might know enough about you to guess common passwords.
Disable the Router’s SSID Broadcasting
Routers use SSID broadcasting to let computers within range know that a network is present. That’s convenient for you, but it’s also convenient for other people that might want to use the network. Disabling the router’s SSID broadcasting makes it invisible. Of course, this means that you will have to configure your computer to find the router. This small inconvenience, however, prevents other people from locating your network, which means that they never even have the opportunity to guess your password and gain access.
Using Router Encryption
Router encryption jumbles the information sent between your computer and the router. This prevents other people from viewing private information that could help them commit fraud or identity theft. After enabling encryption on your router, you will need to set your computer to use the same code.