Securing your Wi-Fi network

Many users with broadband internet connections will have a wireless router that allows them to connect to the internet wireless around their home. One problem with a home Wi-Fi network is if it is not secured properly it may let others use your internet as well. This can mean your internet connection is slower than it should be and you may end up paying for excess usage that you didn’t use. Hackers have been known to take advantage of unsecured wireless networks to access the internet via your internet account.

It is important to secure your wireless internet connection to stop unauthorised usage by your neighbours or anyone in the vicinity of your network. When you purchase a modem from your internet provider they will be able to advise you on the best way to secure your network. If your modem was not purchased from your current internet provider, you may need to call the manufacturer or search the internet or product manual to find out how to create a secure network that only you and your family can access.

Some simple tips can help make sure your wireless network is safe.

Firstly, make sure you change the default login information when you first set up your wireless network. Make sure you keep your username and password safe and use a combination of letters and numbers for the wireless password.

When you set up the network ensure you disable the broadcasting of your Service Set Identifier (SSOD) in the modem interface. This will make sure your network can’t be seen by everyone in the area.

WEP, WPA and WP2 are data security protocols that can provide added security to your Wi-Fi network when used properly. If you are not sure how to use these, you should get advice from your broadband service provider or modem manufacturer.

Ensure you install a firewall and anti-virus software on every computer in your home. This will protect your computer from external attack on your internet connection.

Turn off your wireless network when you are not using it. If you are going out of town or no longer connect wirelessly to your broadband internet connection, turn off the wireless capability to be sure no-one else is accessing it.

Making sure remote administration service is disabled can also prevent access to your network setting and the computers on your network. If it is left enabled this can open the possibility of someone gaining access to your network settings and internet connection.

If you are unsure of how to secure your Wi-Fi network it is recommended you get advice from your internet service provider or modem manufacturer. Having a wireless network is a great way to connect to the internet without running Ethernet cables all over your home, but you need to make sure you take the necessary step to prevent any headaches associated with unauthorised usage.