How to protect your Wi-Fi from being used by others
Wi-Fi networks are a staple part of many homes today. Whether you work from home, help the kids with online school or activities, or simply use home Wi-Fi on your phone, you’ll need to be sure that the network is not being used by others in surrounding areas.
Your Wi-Fi network includes a wireless router with a signal that is sent out to each device logged into the network. A device only has to be in range to connect, so it is important to set up a Wi-Fi password that is not shared outside your home. Outside Wi-Fi users may gain access to information on your personal device, so follow these simple steps to ensure your Wi-Fi network cannot be compromised by an outsider.
- Check Your Router
Keeping your router software current can create a more secure Wi-Fi experience for your home. You can check the status of your router by looking at its Wi-Fi-protected access (WPA) status. It is also important to change administrator credentials on your router to ensure only one main device can alter and view Wi-Fi passwords and credentials. This device should be one that is regularly used in your home.
- Secure Passwords
Create or alter your preset Wi-Fi password so it is not easy to guess. In addition, a complicated password that is shared with guests will not be easily remembered for those guests to share beyond your home. It is also important not to share your Wi-Fi password beyond frequent visitors to your home and those who live there. You can log onto the MetroNet website to find out more about altering your Wi-Fi network name and password.
- Have a Guest Network
A guest network ensures your Wi-Fi is secure with fewer users on your primary router network. A shared Wi-Fi password with a guest can potentially expose your network and connected devices to malware. A guest network for these outside users who are guests to your home will ensure that this exposure is limited to your network and connected devices.
- Try MetroNet Defense
To proactively protect your family’s digital life, consider signing up for MetroNet Defense. This digital safety net can protect all of your devices including smartphones, tablets, and computers. This also allows you to store your information safely with a Password Manager feature. Visit www.metronetinc.com/defense for all the details. If you have any questions, chat with us online at www.metronetinc.com, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, connect with us on Facebook or Twitter, or give us a call at 877-407-3224.