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by John W. Simek, Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc.

Advice to Protect Your Wi-Fi Router from Attack

September 23, 2020

When will 2020 be over? This year has been pretty crazy to be sure. As a result of the significant number of people working from home, attackers have shifted focus to home devices. One critical piece of equipment is your home Wi-Fi router. Tech Viral has some recommendations to help you protect your Wi-Fi router.

  1. Set Strong Password
  2. Change Network SSID
  3. Network Encryption
  4. Filter MAC Addresses
  5. Enable Logging
  6. Wi-Fi Signal Range
  7. Upgrade Firmware of Router
  8. Use Your Router's Firewall
  9. Turn Off UPnP
  10. Using VPN
  11. Using Security Services

There's some good advice in the post to follow. Some steps are more effective than others. Keep in mind that changing a MAC address for a device is much easier for a Wi-Fi connection than a hard-wired Ethernet connection. Even so, most users will not go through the trouble to program MAC addresses into their routers. Another piece of advice is to check all of your settings, especially after updating the firmware. Many routers will reset some settings back to defaults after an upgrade. Another suggestion not mentioned is to disable any ability for remote administration. Don't give the bad guys an opportunity to reconfigure your Wi-Fi router from the internet no matter how strong your password is.

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