In general these days, many articles written about wireless routers or technologies are negative due to the security risks involved with using an insecure router. In reality, as long as your neighbor is not Kevin Mitnick, it requires deep expertise to trace one’s traffic and online transactions.
With that said, it is still a good idea to do as much as you can to secure your router just in case. Securing your wireless router ranges from the seemingly impossible requiring knowledge of bits and bytes to the very simple for use by the common folk.
This weekly three-part series will provide tips ranging from the very basic to just slightly less basic. This series will be broken down into the following:
- Part 1: Password protect your wireless router
- Part 2: Hide your router from the Available Wireless Networks menu
- Part 3: Encrypt your wireless signal
Let’s get on with the first part.
Question: How can I password protect my wireless router to ensure my neighbors can’t mess with my router’s settings?
Answer: Follow these simple steps and you’ll be one-step closer to locking down your router.
- Open your router’s configuration web page. The URL for this varies across router vendors, so if the first one doesn’t work, try the others or look up this information in your router’s manual (if none of these work, feel free to post a comment and I will try to help as best I can).
- Usernames: admin, root, or leave blank
- Passwords: admin or leave blank
That’s it for Part 1. Stay tuned for Part 2 next week.
DISCLAIMER: The author in no way takes responsibility for damage done to your router. If for some reason your router ceases to stop working, find the Reset button on the router and push it in with a pin for 10 seconds. That should reset your router to its factory settings.