Criminals just love unsecured home Wi-Fi networks. Hackers are often on the lookout for poorly configured Wi-Fi networks that can be used for nefarious activities like information theft, hijacking or piracy.
It is not just about the potential loss of bandwidth, slowdowns or botnet attacks. Securing your Wi-Fi network can also shield you from unwelcome connections that may be using your network for illegal activities. Remember, when law enforcement traces the illegal activity, you - the router's owner - are left being held responsible.
Here are five ways to secure your Wi-Fi router against unauthorized hitchhikers and online attacks.
1. Update your firmware regularly
With hackers constantly looking for firmware flaws to exploit, keeping your router's firmware up to date is a must.
Updating your router’s firmware is not as hard as it sounds. Once you're in your router's admin page, check for a section called "Advanced" or "Management" to check for firmware updates, then just download and apply as required.
Router firmware updates require a restart so make sure you do not have ongoing activities that require a network connection when you apply the update. Make an appointment now in your calendar. You should check for router firmware updates at least once every three months.