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Eight ways to improve the security of your router and your wireless network.

Eight ways to improve the security of your router and your wireless network.

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.

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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.

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