Wireless devices are very popular for creating home networks by eliminating the inconvenience of cables throughout your home. Wireless networks also introduce a new set of security hazards. Most networking devices are shipped preconfigured with default usernames, passwords and IP addresses. The devices are configured so you can connect the device to a modem and with a few simple steps be connected to the Internet. This may be optimal for getting quick access to the Internet, but it doesn't secure your home network. Please take the steps listed below to secure your wireless network.
Note: Consult the vendor for specific support on your wireless product. Antietam Broadband does not support customer networks or assume any responsibility for securing your wireless device.
- Change all Default Settings
Usernames and passwords are preconfigured for the device and should be changed immediately. These default values used by the manufacturers are well known making it easy for a hacker to use this common information to access your device.
- Enable Encryption
Enabling Encryption will encode data to provide privacy and help prevent unauthorized users from seeing your data.
- Change the Default SSID
The SSID is also usually preconfigured and should be changed immediately.
- Enable MAC Address Filtering
Most wireless devices will allow you to enter the MAC addresses of the equipment which is permitted on your network. A MAC address works as a unique identifier.
- Disable SSID Broadcast
Wireless devices will sometimes announce the SSID network name over the air, and if a hacker is listening they could potentially use this to hack your network. This option should also be disabled.
Assign Static IP Addresses
Most devices are setup to use Dynamic IP addresses or DHCP. For added security, you can disable the DHCP server within the router and configure static IP addresses for each computer or device you have setup on the LAN.