As much as people may wish otherwise, the simple truth is that a “hacker-proof” piece of software or hardware. This is no different from things that are “water-proof”. It may be incredibly water-resistant, but if it stays in the water long enough it’s going to get damaged. Since there are things you can do to strengthen your wireless signal, you may as well learn how to do them. After all, your wireless router is perhaps the number one target for low-grade hackers trying to get a free connection off of your bandwidth. Here are some ways you can protect yourself.
Strong SSID Network Names, Preshared Keys, and WPA2 Wireless Encryption
WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access) is like the lock on your front door. It comes standard and leaving it unlocked leaves your 192.168.0.1 wireless router completely unprotected. This is the current encryption security. The previous security method was WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy), but at this point, those are as easy to bypass as the old skeleton key lock system. If you have an older router, then you might require a firmware upgrade in order to use WPA2. However, if you’re on a router that needs a firmware upgrade for such a thing, then it’s usually better to simply buy a new router. There’s no reason to use old technology!
Your Wi-Fi network name (SSID) is like putting in a custom-made lock. Routers come with default names. If you leave the default name then you’re letting hackers use tools that are more widely available for hacking. There are plenty of programs that run through common SSID names and match common encryption codes to them. This allows them to find the right crack within moments.
A random SSID can make it far more difficult to hack since the hacker won’t be familiar with your specific encryption information. It can be tempting to put in a long string of random letters, numbers, and symbols. Don’t do this, as it actually makes things easier on the hackers. Instead, think of four random words shoved together (such as “frogrecordmonkeycommon”). This creates exponentially more variables, and it’s easier to remember as well.
Turn On The Firewall
Firewalls can be obnoxious, especially if you’re not certain how to personalize them.