It is necessary to apply certain rules to control the traffic of your Wi-Fi network to prevent intrusion into your system and unauthorized access to your personal data by unauthorized persons.
Here are eight tips to improve the security of your router:
- Install the router in a secure location so that the wireless signal is available only inside your home. Avoid placing it next to a window.
- Disable the WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup), a method of automatic network configuration makes the password for your network more vulnerable without wire. Enable WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access II) and, if possible, protect it with a stronger password.
- Change your username and default password. Do not use default passwords because they are generated by well-known algorithms and thus facilitate pirate attacks. Do not use your name or birth date or address or other personal information as a password.
- Update the firmware on your router to fix vulnerabilities of the latter.
- Do not forget to logout after managing your router, avoiding abuse authenticated browser sessions.
- Disable remote management of the router via the Internet. In a professional environment, it is better to use the NAT rules (Network Address Translation), allowing only a SSH or VPN access.
- To avoid such attacks CSRF (Cross-Site Request Forgery), do not use the default IP address (eg 192.168.1.1). Instead, use 10.8.9.7.
- Use a secure VPN (like Avast SecureLine VPN) when you want to connect to public Wi-Fi networks. Do not do any banking transaction, do not open your email or any site that asks for your password when you are connected to a public Wi-Fi network.