With the age of wireless technology upon us, it becomes increasingly important to learn how to protect your data and identity on the web. It is easier than ever for hackers to access your private information, steal your identity and ruin your life.
I have some good news for you though. It is not difficult to make your wireless network secure.
To complete these steps you will need to access your router settings. To do this, open up your command prompt. Just type in Command prompt into your apps search bar.
Now that the command prompt is open, all you have to do is type in: ipconfig. Do not enter the period with it, just ipconfig. You should get something like this:
Now, look where it says Default Gateway. Copy and past whatever your default gateway numbers are into your internet search bar and press enter. Now you will be at your router settings and all you have to do is login with the username and password your internet service provider gave you, which is usually on a sticker on your router.
Here a few steps you can take to secure your network:
- Change the default username and password to gain access to your router. I’m not talking about your WiFi password. Find instructions in your routers manual or from your internet service provider(ISP) to find the settings page for your router. While you are there changing your username and password, make sure to check for any updates as well, this makes sure you have the most recent security patches.
- Now that you have changed your routers username and password and checked for updates, go ahead and change your WiFi password. How many people have you given your WiFi password to over the years? Yes you may trust them, and they may be honest people, but it is a good practice to ensure that you keep tight control on who can access your internet. To do this, you must go back into your router settings.
- Another simple step is to hide your internet from view. This means that anyone nearby cannot even see your WiFi on their list of available networks. If they cannot see your WiFi even exists, how likely is it that they can hack into it? On your router settings you should be able to find an option for this.
- Use a firewall and a Virtual Private Network(VPN). Yes, most VPN’s cost a few dollars a month, but with the protection they provide it is well worth it. There are numerous articles and reviews on VPN’s out there on the web for you to read. Basically it makes it much harder for anyone to spy on your web browsing or anything else that you do while on the internet.
- As a side note, to help protect your identity make sure to not allow google to remember your passwords for your credit cards or profiles for you, this is easily hacked into.
Overall, If you follow those steps by changing your passwords frequently, use a virtual private network, and make sure to not select “yes” when google asks if you want it to remember your password, you will be well on your way to protecting your private information. There are many more complicated ways to protect your internet, but these are more than enough to protect you in nearly all cases. I hope this helps!