1 February 2019
How do you protect your home network?
You probably use a wireless internet network at home, also known as Wi-Fi. This means you can connect a series of devices to the internet without needing any cables. This type of network is very widely used nowadays. But how do you ensure it is safe?
Secure your wireless network: follow the steps
Ever more devices are connected to the internet: computers, phones, tablets, televisions, cars, etc. Securing your wireless network is therefore essential. Yes, but how? Follow these steps.
1. Chose a long password. The longer, the better
Your Wi-Fi access point always has a default password. Generally it is called the "User password" and is on the back of your modem. This password allows you to enter the configuration menu for your modem and change the password for connecting to the wireless network.
Change the password into something personal that only you would know. The longer the password is, the longer it takes to hack. It does not need to be complex per se, just make sure it is easy to remember and long enough.
2. Be careful who you share your password with
Don't share your password with just anyone. The more people will know it, the easier it is to become known outside of your reach. Ask yourself if everyone coming into your home needs to have access to your wireless network.
3. Change the default name
In addition to the default password, your wireless network also has a default name. This is visible to your devices when they look for an internet connection. It is advisable to change the default name of your network. If you change the default name, hackers will not be able to guess your network's security features.
Tip : choose a name which is easy to recognize but does no contain any personal information.
4. Turn it off
Are you planning to be away for a longer period of time? Turn your Wi-Fi off, then. Takes away the danger of hackers using your network while you're not there to see if something is wrong.
Secure your equipment
You have followed the steps above and your wireless network is now completely safe: great! But you still have one little thing you need to do to ensure you can surf with the utmost safety: secure the devices connected to your network.
Are you not quite sure which devices are connected to your network? Use a network scanner such as Fing. This application will identify each connected peripheral. Once you have identified all the peripherals, you can ensure that they are all properly secured. The best solution is to make sure that these devices always run the latest version of their operating system or software.
Tip : activate the automatic update feature on your devices!
Do you have any further questions?
Check regularly that you are properly protected
Feel free to consult our "Online security" page to check that you have taken all the necessary precautions when surfing the internet, whether via your smartphone, your tablet or your computer.