How Secure Is Your Home Router?

When it comes to your home router you need to make sure that you do all that you can to keep it safe.

When you think about computer security you usually think about the operating system and the hackers that will try to put a bug in your system.

You do not think about the fact that your home router can be in trouble as well.

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The router is just seen as a device that allows you to connect more than one computer to the internet.

Most people do not see it as a device that can be a security weak point when it comes to their system.

This is why you need to make sure that you do some checks before you are sure that your router is safe.

If you do not do them then you can leave yourself very vulnerable to attacks.

Let’s go over the things that you need to watch when you have a home router set up.

Check The Encryption Level Of Your Router

The first thing that you need to check on your home router is to make sure that you have the right encryption set up on it.

The right encryption level will allow you to make sure that no one is able to log into your internet.

Some people will try to find open networks and then log on so that they can leech a free internet connection from the person.

They will also be able to see other parts of your network as well.

If your WiFi is encrypted they will not be able to do this.

You have to have it set up for the right encryption level though.

There are three encryption levels that you can use –

  1. WEP
  2. WPA
  3. WPA II.

WPA II is the strongest while WEP is the weakest.

You want to avoid using WEP as much as you can because it has been known to be able to be cracked in less than 5 minutes.

That isn’t something that is going to keep you very secure from a neighbor who has a low to mid level amount of technical knowledge.

Make Sure The Firewall Is Switched ON

The next thing you should be sure of is that the firewall on your router is active.

Even if you have a firewall active on the operating system itself it is still better to have both on if possible.

The hardware firewall, which is the firewall on your router, is considered to be more protective anyway; so the hardware firewall is the more important one to have on.

When you turn it on you also want to make sure that you have the settings that you need set up.

To do this you can log into your router by typing in the IP address of the router itself.

If you do not have the paperwork that tells you the IP of the router you can always use the IPconfig setting of your command line in Windows.

When you type in IPconfig you will see the term Default Gateway – that is your router.

If you check these settings then you can be sure that your router is secure from any outside threats that it may encounter.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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