We live in the era of leaks and hacks. While most of us take good measures to secure our property, data and identity online, protecting the Wifi router still lies at the bottom in our priority list. Wifi routers and network are always at the risk of being hacked. Safeguarding your Wifi network is as important as your main door, you don’t know when and who is at the verge of invading your privacy, of course without your permission.
Keep in mind “5 Things to do after connecting with you new Netgear Router”
So what do you do? Follow the below tips by Netgear support professionals to prevent your Wifi router from getting hacked.
- Change your router admin username and password – Every router comes with a generic username and password. You need the default username and password first time to access the router. Once logged in, immediately change them. However, make sure your new password is strong and odd enough to guess. Do not keep a predictable one; keep it as tricky as possible.
- Change the network name – The service set identifier (SSID) is the name that’s broadcast from your Wifi to the outside world so people can find the network. Give your network a more personalized name.
- Switch off “Admin via Wireless” option on your router – When you disable the “admin via wireless” feature on your router it makes it so that only someone who is physically connected to your router via an Ethernet cable can access the admin features of your wireless router.
- Use an encrypted personal VPN service at the router level – Earlier using VPN was a luxury, which only big organizations could use. But now even you can use it at a nominal monthly fee; Netgear tech support recommends using personal VPN. Having a personal VPN is the biggest hindrance for a hacker. A personal VPN has the capability to hide your true location with a proxied IP address and can also put up a wall of strong encryption to safeguard your network traffic.
- Shut down risky services – Any service that’s not used should be disabled immediately; it should never be exposed to the internet. There are certain risky services like Universal Plug and Play (UPnP),Telnet and SSH (Secure Shell) that should be disabled instantly.
- Update your router’s firmware – Similar to your browser, Operating System (OS) and software, even router’s firmware needs to be updated. The updated firmware may also come with new features for the router, so it’s a win-win.Go into your router settings every month or so and do a quick check to see if you need an update, then run their upgrade.
- Disable DHCP – Disable DHCP entirely for security reasons.You have to go into each device—even the appliances and watches—and assign it an IP address that fits with your router.
No expert tips can guarantee 100% security, however the above tips can make it very tough for the hackers to steal your data. As they say, prevention is better than cure. In case of any query or concerned about the security of your private and confidential data, please get in touch with Netgear technical support experts on toll free number at Netgear Support Phone Number 1-888-479-2017 immediately.