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Securing Your Wireless Router

Many people buy a wireless router, bring it home, plug it in, connect and forget about it. When you fail to secure your wireless network not only can someone connect and use your network for illegal or malicious activities but they can also steal private information such as user names, passwords, bank account numbers, social security numbers and other personal information you have stored on your computers. There are several steps you can take to secure your wireless network.

Router Password: Each router comes with a default password that allows you to log into the router. Change the password when you install the router and then change it again every few months.
Router IP Address: The IP address is the address used to access the router. Log into the router and change the IP address.

Remote Administration: Remote administration allows you to log into the router remotely via the internet and make setting changes to the router. Most users never use this feature and unless you do use it remote administration should be disabled.

SSID: The SSID is the name of the wireless network. All routers have a default SSID. To increase security you should change the default SSID. Choose an SSID that is random, that contains both letters and numbers and that is longer than 8 characters. Do not use your name, address or any other personal information when creating the SSID. Consider changing the SSID a few times a year.

SSID Broadcast: The SSID of the router is broadcast to anyone within range of your wireless network. That means your neighbors and anyone close to the router can see your wireless network. You want to disable SSID broadcast after you have setup and configured your router and successfully connected your computers to the router the first time. After you disable the SSID broadcast people looking at their list of available wireless networks will no longer see your network listed. Disabling the SSID is not a strong security measure in itself but combined with other security such as MAC filtering and encryption it adds an additional layer of security.

MAC Filtering: MAC filtering allows you to specify which devices are allowed and not allowed to connect to your network. Each network card has a specific media access control address (MAC address) no two hardware devices use the same MAC address. A MAC address consists of six pairs of numbers separated by a colon. Wireless routers have a setting called MAC filtering. Using MAC filtering you can log into your router and enter the MAC addresses of the devices you would like to allow to connect to your wireless network. All other devices will be locked out. You can also block specific MAC addresses from connecting to your router. Some hackers have mimicked MAC addresses, so don't rely on this alone.

Encryption: Encryption allows you to specify a passcode that must be used by anyone trying to connect to the network. Without the passcode they will not be able to logon and connect. There are different levels of encryption. Use the strongest type of encryption your router supports.
Device Lists: Most routers have a device list feature. You can view the list to see what devices are currently connected to your router. You should occasionally review the list and make sure only devices you use are connecting to your router.

Guest Access: Some routers have a guest access option. This feature allows guests to connect to your router. If you do not use guest access turn it off.

You can change the settings on your router using the software provided with the router or by using a web browser on your computer. Taking the time to properly setup and configure your home network is important and should be done as soon as the router is installed.
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Which security setting do you recommend. They're like 5 more from the drop down list. See my att.
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Which security setting do you recommend. They're like 5 more from the drop down list. See my att.
What options do you have?
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