If you are worried that one of your neighbors has figured out your wireless password and is misusing your Wi-Fi network, then it is time to ensure that you take all the necessary security precautions to keep unwanted intruders out of your network.
- The WI-Fi security settings of your network can be managed using your Wi-Fi router. The first step is to find out the IP address of your Wi-Fi router so that you can connect to it and manage your Wi-Fi security settings. Go to the MS DOS or command line prompt on output on your computer and type ipconfig command and from the Default Gateway of the Wi-Fi network, which is the IP address of your Wi-Fi router. In this example, the IP Address is 192.168.1.1
- Open your Browser and type the IP address of your Wi-Fi router to connect to your Wi-Fi router. You will now be asked to enter the router the router username and password to log in to the router settings page. You can get the router login details either from your Internet Provider or your Wi-Fi router manufacturer. On most routers, defaults username and password should work. For example, try typing admin as the username and admin or password as the password.
- The first thing to do is enable encryption on your Wi-Fi network. This will ensure that anybody trying to connect to your network will be required to enter the login password without which they will not be allowed to even connect to your network. Moreover, once you enable encryption on your network then all data being exchanged on the network will be encrypted and secure. There are three types of encryption levels possible on your Wi-Fi network including WEP security can be tracked in a matter of a few minutes, while WPA also has a few vulnerabilities. Hence, it is recommended that you only use WPA2 security on your Wi-Fi network with a strong password which is at least 13 characters long.
- It is also recommended that you change the SSID (or name) of your Wi-Fi network to something generic which makes it tough for a malicious user to identify which network belongs to you.
- To prevent anybody else from using the defaults login credentials of your router to change the Wi-Fi security settings, make sure you change the Wi-Fi router password to something else other then the defaults login credentials. You should also disable remote access and management of your Wi-Fi router security settings, so that a malicious user cannot make any changes remotely.