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How To Encrypt Your Wireless (Wi-Fi) Home Network

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How To Encrypt Your Wireless (Wi-Fi) Home Network

As Wireless network (Wi-Fi) has changed our lives and how we use the internet for good, it is easier for everyone in a home to connect their devices like laptops, mobiles, and tablets to the internet without any hassle and mess of cables.

When it was the time when we were dependent on the huge mess of cables that were necessary to provide us the internet connection by connecting us to the source PC so that we can receive the connection?

What Is A Secured Wifi Network?

At that time-stealing or interfering with the internet connection was almost impossible, but with the advantage, there are some disadvantages attached to it.

Wireless Internet Network (Wi-Fi) is speedy, fast, and convenient, but on the other hand, it is also straightforward to steal the bandwidth and to hack devices connected to it. If your Wi-Fi network is not secured, anyone within the wireless signal range can use it by clicking on it.

For network encryption, it is necessary to understand why we need it.

  1. It can increase your internet bill when you have to pay per byte used.
  2. It reduces your connection speed as more users connect to one Wifi network.
  3. It can be dangerous for all the devices connecting to the network, as any cybercriminal can easily hack the devices and can misuse sensitive information.

However, you do not need to worry there is a way out of it. You can always secure your wireless internet network by following the steps and ensuring network encryption.

8 Steps To Secure Your Wireless Home Network

You can minimize the dangers of getting hacked by hackers, spammers, or other cybercriminals by making your (wireless) Home Network a secure and encrypted network connection that any of such evils can’t access.

1. Wifi Router Setting

To encrypt the network (Wi-Fi), you must first know how to change your Wifi router’s settings. Using a laptop or computer system, open the web browser (even without an internet connection) and type “192.168.1.1” in the address bar, then enter the right username and password for the router.

If you do not know, then see your router’s manual or google your router’s manual online by typing your router’s model, for instance, we will demonstrate the Linksys router settings in this article. You can refer to your router setting by reading the manual.

2. Set A Strong Password

The router comes with a default password, usually an eight-digit numerical password that is very easy to think of. Once you log into your router, the next step is to set a strong password that is hard or nearly impossible to guess by anyone trying to access your wireless network.

You need to change it for network encryption, and you can do it by clicking the ‘’Administration’’ tab on your router’s settings page.

3. Change The SSID Name

Now that you have set a strong password, you need to change the wireless network name (SSID name of your Wi-Fi) that, by default, represents the brand name of your modem manufacturer. It lets other people know which connection you are using. When they try to steal the Wi-Fi and by knowing that guessing a password becomes easier as most brands have a default set of passwords; so to change that goes to the ‘’Wireless’’ tab of your router’s setting page and then change the SSID name and save the settings for network encryption.

4. Activate Network Encryption

You need to encrypt the network to prevent people from stealing your Wi-Fi connection. There are different options for Wi-Fi network encryption, for instance, WEP, WPA (WPA-Personal), and WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access version 2), that are compatible with various hardware. WEP is the least secure, but it is compatible with older hardware devices, and the network encryption security level is not too strong hence can be cracked easily, but WPA2 is the most secure and encrypted network, but it is only compatible with the new hardware manufactured after 2006.

4. Setup MAC Filter

All the wireless devices you own have their specific MAC addresses (Media Access Control), similar to all the PCs connected to the Internet that has a unique IP address. To enhance and boost your wireless connection security and network encryption, you can add the MAC address of each device connected to the Wi-Fi so only the authorized device can access the wireless connection.

Before you do this, you need to do a little homework to collect and make a list of all the MAC addresses of all the devices you want to add as authorized devices to your router’s settings page. Moreover, then follow these steps. Now you have all the MAC addresses it is time to add them, and this can be done by clicking the ‘’Wireless’’ tab of our router’s setting page, then clicking again and going to the ‘’Wireless network access’’ tab and adding all the addresses and then save settings.

5. Restrict The Wi-fi Signal Range

If your wireless router has a high range and high range is not necessary as you live in a small space. Then this range is more good for other people than you, but you can decrease the signal range of your Wifi router by going to the ‘’Wireless’’ tab and then clicking on ‘’Advanced Wireless Settings’’. Try reducing the range to your needs.

6. Update Firmware

It is critical to keep an eye on your router’s firmware; if it is outdated, be very quick to update it for a performance boost by getting all the latest technical updates to ensure strong network encryption.

7. Connected Secured Network

Now that you have done with almost the best security wireless settings possible, you need to activate these settings on your computer and other connected devices.

Connect each device to the Wi-Fi and save them with “automatically connect” to this Wi-Fi option, so you do not need to enter all the usernames and passwords every time you log into the network. Now that you have successfully secured your Home (Wireless) Network, and no one can crack these security settings, you can enjoy your Wi-Fi connection without any worries.

8. Check Who Is Connected To Your Wi-Fi

Even after all these security measures, if you think someone is still stealing your Wifi, there are a lot of software and apps you can download to check who is using your Wifi network, thanks to technology which makes our life easier.

Conclusion

The worst thing people do these days is ignore the security steps for their internet connection and devices. Which, in turn, take them to the worse of the security hazards like hacking, spamming, and cyber data theft.

So be a smart internet user and be encrypted, so all the snoopers have nothing to look for except a coded and encrypted network. You can follow our ultimate encryption guide for more encryption.

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