5 Simple Tips to secure your home wi-fi

Cyber security should not just be a concern for your business but also in your home life.  We at Sync IT have gathered our 5 top tips from our team of experts to help you secure you and your families data from would-be hackers.

Change the default name of your home network

Many of us fail to change the network name (or SSID ‘Service Set Identifier) the first day we take the router out of it’s box.  Most manufacturers give these routers a generic name such as ‘Huawei B6789’ or ‘TPLINK976’ which you will often see when searching for an open wifi network.  The trouble is by not changing your network name potential cyber criminals can immediately in tun determine what router setup you have in your home or business.  In turn they can search these router models for any vulnerabilities to plan their attack. Change your network name as soon as you can for the best protection.

Change your wi-fi network’s password

Most routers ship with a generic password often found on a sticker at the base of the device.  Even though these passwords are long and contain a mixture of numbers and letters do not be fooled – they have been computer generated and are generic to that manufacturer making them susceptible to attack.  Check out Sync IT’s guide to creating a stronger password in our blog section but a general good rule of thumb is; Make sure your password is long (14 – 20 characters), contains a mix of letters, digits and special characters and is random.

Better still is to create a separate network for guests or other family members with its own unique login.  This added level of security will allow you to keep your private network more secure and won’t annoy guests who wish to use your wifi.

Updates

You update your phone, your laptop, your tablet – in fact all electronic appliances receive some sort of updates over their life times and often routers and modems are not excluded.  These updates often protect your device against the latest cyber vulnerabilities so check yours today to see if there is a firmware update available. If in doubt search your router model on Google and proceed to the manufacturers page for more details.

The power of VPN

A virtual private network (VPN) helps to protect your identity and anonymity online.  VPN’s are becoming increasingly popular with multiple providers offering the service at increasingly lower costs.  Essentially a VPN offers the user a more secure and private way to browse the internet and send and receive files.

Firewall & Antivirus

It goes without saying that you should ensure your firewall is activated and you have some form of antivirus on your home devices.  Prevention is key to undermining any potential hackers successes.