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Improving Online Security Through Wi-fi Passwords

Date Sep 2, 2020
Blog category Broadband
By Sieg C
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Did you know that most hackers use weak passwords to compromise and steal your data? It sounds dubious, but it’s true! 

Unlike what they show in the movies, hackers don’t start with complicated coding in their secret bunker or basement. They exploit the users’ poor knowledge of internet technology, and deceive them into voluntarily giving their data – mainly through their choice of passwords!

As the internet becomes a necessity in the lives of Kiwis, it’s important to scrub up on your internet security practices! One of the most effective ways to secure your online data is through your wi-fi password. Let’s take a deeper look into how this is done...

Why is your wi-fi password important?

The short answer is security, but it’s more than just that...

When someone with computer knowledge and bad intentions enters your wireless network, they can access the details of all the devices connected to wi-fi. This includes your computer, where you store all sorts of things, including your personal and work information!

Aside from accessing your personal information, they can also perform fraudulent activities on your computer and input illegal information too. However, with a secure wi-fi password, you reduce these risks; after all, what they’re hacking is your data, not your device.

How to change your wi-fi password

Usually, there’s a default username and password included in the router that your internet service provider (ISP) gave you. Use those details to connect any of your devices to the internet (preferably using a wired network), then change the credentials accordingly.

1. Open your router’s configuration page

Open a browser, then input your router’s address. Depending on your provider, it can be any of the following:

  • 192.168.1.1
  • 192.168.0.1
  • 192.168.2.1
  • 10.0.1.1
  • 10.0.0.1

If none of the above leads you to an access page, open your command prompt, then enter ‘ipconfig’.

2. Enter your router’s username and password

Every router has a corresponding username and password, which are generally indicated at the back or under your router. Usually, both the default username and password are set to ‘admin’. 

If you’ve changed them before and can’t remember your details, or if you have a hand-me-down router, simply press the reset button on the router for about 30 seconds to a minute. This resets the router to its default settings with default login credentials.

3. Visit the wireless section in the menu

Upon logging in, click the ‘wireless’ or ‘wireless security’ section on the menu. Change the username, which will be the name of your wi-fi, as well as the password. To make your wireless network even more secure, select ‘WPA2’ on the security type option.

Remember to take note of these login details by writing them down somewhere – ideally, both online and offline. This way, you won't have to reset the router over and over again. When finished with everything, click ‘save’.

What makes for a strong password?

Ultimately, the more random the password, the stronger it becomes. It helps to remember your teenage days when you used to use ‘TXT message language’, such as writing “Luv u l0tz” instead of “love you lots”. Here are other tips that you can use to create  a stronger password:

1. Make it a minimum of eight characters

If you can use more than eight characters, your password will be even stronger! Utilise uppercase and lowercase letters, as well as special characters like “!” “?” “/” and “#”.

2. Avoid using number series

Although your ISP characterises a series of numbers such as “qwerty12345” or “asdf98765” as strong passwords, it’s not advisable to use it. If you can easily think of it, chances are hackers have already thought of it!

3. Don’t reuse passwords

If you’ve already used a certain password for your wi-fi, don’t use it for social media sites! This way, if your Facebook or Instagram is ever hacked, you can prevent the chance of compromising your wireless network too.

How often do you have to change your password?

According to major ISPs in NZ, like Stuff Fibre, it’s recommended to change your passwords once every 90 days.

This reduces the risk of your data being compromised through your password. Plus, it can also refresh all device connections – meaning that you can also prevent bothersome instances such as your neighbour secretly connecting to your wi-fi to watch Netflix!

How to ensure the best internet security?

If you want the best internet security, then get a reliable internet plan from a trusted NZ provider. If you’re in search of the best one in your area, then compare your options here at glimp.

We list the best deals from the leading broadband providers in the country, so you can ensure that you’re getting the best value for your money. Compare now, and purchase a broadband plan today!

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