Brief Intro to Wi-FI:
Wi-FI is a modern wireless technology, reaching record numbers of use Globally in 2023. Keep in mind that this is just the early start of the new year.
It is used to connect IoT devices like computers, mobile phones, and tablets, along with others.
Your options for connecting wirelessly at home are growing as mobile networks expand into the home internet realm. As with internet service, there are advantages and disadvantages to each type of wireless connection, such as speed and strength of the signal. We’ve outlined a few of them here.
The new Wi-Fi usage trends in 2023:
Advanced Network connections are standard for 2023. Digital tools, Virtual Assistants, and even your robot vacuum cleaner, as well as your A/C, are manageable by a smartphone, provided that they are connected to the same Wi-Fi. You can conveniently trigger your oven or control the temperature at home with your Home Network on your way back from a long family vacation. The latest Baby Monitors trend is heavily dependent on a stable Wi-Fi connection.
Your Home Network is not protected from hackers or eavesdropping by default. Considering the rapidly progressing IT field and evolution of Cyber Security threats for 2023, experts are alarming and raising awareness of the importance of keeping your Privacy and Security in check. This article will help you make a step up in that direction.
How can you protect your Home Network?
We have compiled a list of the most effective DIY tips to improve your own Home Network. You will thank us later.
Here are 9 tips to secure your Home Wi-FI Network:
- Place your router in a central location.
Focus on locating the router in the middle of a room, to prevent the otherwise strong and tempting signal it would send to your neighbors if you happen to place it on the left or right walls. Strategically placing your router in a central location will help keep your connection to the confines of your home. As a bonus, it will likely also make for the best connection quality.
- Create a strong Wi-Fi password and change it often.
Resetting your initially set password is of key importance. This article includes a list of the funniest Wi-Fi passwords scraped from the Internet. One might question “Does Funny Passwords mean they are unguessable?”.
- Change the default router login credentials.
Updating the router settings is equally crucial. Most modern-day routers have the same setup and tech-savvy individuals could easily break into it.
Your router login credentials are separate from your Wi-Fi network name and password. If you aren’t sure what the default is, you should be able to find it at the bottom of the router.
- Turn on Firewall and Wi-Fi encryption.
A Firewall is used to prevent outside hacking. Most routers have it built-in with Wi-Fi encryption to keep anyone from spying on the data transferred back and forth between your personal and external devices. They are usually enabled by default, but it is recommended to check their status periodically.
- Use a VPN.
Using a good VPN service comes with many advantages and reasons to do so. Providing Network Security is one of them. Modern VPN products let you use a private network that hides your Wi-Fi activity, Browsing data, and IP address.
- Keep your router and devices up to date.
You can protect your Home Network from known malware and hacking attempts by making sure that your connected devices and router are up-to-date.
You already know how to access your admin settings, if you have started changing the router credentials. The router should be set to automatically update. However, some updates might be missed, and a manual check would be rewarding as well.
- Disable remote router access.
If the Remote Router Access is enabled, it allows people who are not directly connected to your Network to access and modify your router settings. Cyber Security experts do not advise enabling Retome access unless there are strong reasons to access your router from a distance (when you are not home) or to set up the devices of your children.
By default, Remote Router access is often enabled. Once again, the admin settings will let you achieve the needed goal.
- Upgrade to a WPA3 router.
Since 2018 WPA3 is the best security protocol for routers. All new routers should be equipped with WPA3, so if you buy a new router, you should have nothing to worry about. However, according to statistics from Internet Providers, a lot of people still use rented routers, meaning that older versions of equipment are still used.
According to Google, using WPA3 protocol makes your Wi-Fi network highly resistant to security risks like offline dictionary attacks. By default, Google Nest Wifi and Google Wifi use the WPA2 protocol to maximize compatibility with legacy connected devices (such as phones, tablets, or laptops).
- Verify connected devices.
It is essential to frequently monitor the devices that are connected to your Home Network. Check whether they belong to your family members or friends.
Any suspicious devices should be disconnected from your Settings, followed by a fresh Wi-Fi Password reset. Yes, you would have to reconnect all known devices again, but the violators will be disconnected.
Odd and funny-looking names representing a combination between random words, some letters, or numbers can directly be associated with unauthorized IoT devices or violating intentions.
Speaking of Funny Names
Cyber Security experts have covered many times the importance of strong passwords. Such can be generated via Password Manager services like pCloud. Please beware that some of the best-marketed services do not always live up to their reputation. A recent example, which grew into a hot topic all over the Internet was the hacking of LastPass, putting millions of users’ personal data and privacy in danger!
Do not be misled by brands and focus on reviews with credibility and trustworthy industry authorities or websites. That is one of our goals with this blog.
Some of the Funniest Passwords scraped all over the Internet with ChatGPT can be found below. Laugh all you want, but it occurs that the funnier one’s password is, the more unguessable it becomes for violators.
- Click Here for Wifi
- The House of Black and WiFi
- Not the Wifi You’re Looking For
- Whose Car Alarm is That
- The Internet
- House of Donald trump
- Silence of the LANwghfluffy72Is2Short
- Byte Me
- You Fart Pretty Loud
- Dunder MiffLAN
- Bandwidth Together
- Girls Gone Wireless
- Drop It Like It’s Hotspot
- It Burns When IP
- Abraham Linksys
- I Did Your Wifi Last Night
- No LAN for the Wicked
- I Slept With Your WiFi
- New England Clam Router
We hope that you did not recognize some of your passwords here. If you did, it’s high time you changed it!
We did not mention ChatGPT arbitrarily in this Article. It’s an upcoming topic, so stay tuned. And don’t let AI take over your job!
Written by Rafael Pashamov, 2023