Most home and office routers have secure default settings. However, default security is often not enough, as anyone experienced with router technology may find a way to penetrate the network. Here are some IT security tips that will help you keep your network safer.
1. Encrypt your Wi-Fi network
Set a password to enable access to your Wi-Fi network. The password should only be provided to your team or authorized persons whom you trust. Make sure the password is easy to remember but hard to guess. Ideally, it should have a minimum of 8 characters, including numbers and letters.
Depending on your router, the password may be referred to as a passphrase, pre-shared key, pass-key or encryption key. Check the security standards supported by your router. The most secure standard is the WPA2 although most client devices are compatible with WPA.
2. Change crucial default settings
Since the default settings that come with routers are set by the manufacturers and are public information, they can be easily sidestepped. The default settings make your setup process faster, but are more vulnerable to attack.
The two most important default settings to change in your router are the log-in password and IP address. That will limit who can manage your router’s settings via a web browser interface.
To change the router’s default log-in password via the Web interface, go to Administration or Tools. The log-in password you set should be different from the password you use to access your Wi-Fi network.
3. Disable remote access features
Most routers, especially those that come with a USB port, can be accessed remotely over the Internet. Keep remote access features turned off unless you really need and know how to secure them. Moreover, use proper IT security restrictions such as HTTPS for remote management. Another feature you should consider turning off is the UPnP, which can be easily exploited by web hackers.
If you would like to secure your Wi-Fi network, contact Terminal's support staff for assistance.