We’re well into the 21st century, and by now, you should know how to keep your Wi-Fi network secure and safe from hackers. But, it’s not as cut and dry as some may think. When it’s not secure, your entire online profile including banking passwords, emails, and identity information could be compromised, and you could be the next victim of cyber attacks, viruses or worse– identity theft.   

If you’re still in the dark about how to protect you and your family from hackers and identity theft, don’t worry!

Check out these classic methods for staying secure online:

 

1. Change up your admin password.

If you have the same password, it’s time to change things up. Update your profiles online with new passwords and security answers. Even better, set a calendar date to change it once a month!

 

2. Router placement counts!

If your router is located near a window or high up on the top floor, it’s likely that it’s more susceptible to hacking. Setup your router in a central location, so all rooms are accessible, and not close by a window. Just following these easy setup tips could make a huge difference.

 

3. Add that extra protection.

Just because you have firewall protection software, doesn’t mean hackers can’t bypass it. Yes, it gives peace of mind,  but adding firewall hardware gives that extra layer of protection and could be life-saving. Firewall hardware protection is usually installed already in some routers. To check if your router has firewall or want to activate it, learn more here!

 

4. Don’t make it obvious!

If your SSID (Service Set Identifier) name is your router manufacturer and/or provider, there’s the first issue right there. Don’t make hacking into your network easier than it is. Protect yourself from cyber attackers or viruses by creating a unique name that doesn’t “out” what hardware you’re using.

 

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