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10 Steps to Protecting Your Home Router
DON’T LEAVE
THE KEY
UNDER THE MAT
READ THE MANUAL
 Search online for your router by make and model
 Download a copy of the manual
 Learn how to access th...
RESET DEFAULTS
 This is important for older routers
 Resetting factory defaults removes any malicious settings
 Unfortu...
WIRED CONNECTION
 Use a wired connection to configure settings
 Avoid using wireless until proper encryption levels have...
USER AND PASSWORD
 Anyone can find out the default user name and password
 See http://www.routerpasswords.com/
 Change ...
RENAME YOUR SSID
 This is the name that is broadcast to identify your network
 Using the default name invites hackers to...
SET ENCRYPTION
 Wireless networks are broadcast networks
 Set the encryption to the highest level supported
 Avoid WEP ...
UPDATE FIRMWARE
 Updating the firmware is like patching potential security holes
 But (unfortunately) this is not an aut...
UPGRADE ROUTER
 If your router does not support WPA2 and AES level protection
 Or if you can’t update the firmware
 The...
MAC FILTERING
 This restricts access only to specific computers
 Article – Should I Use?
DISABLE UNUSED FEATURES
 Remote Admin / Remote Management
 Wireless administration
 UPNP
 Wireless access if only wire...
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Network Security - 10 Steps to Protect Your Home Router

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Increase the security of your home network router with these 10 steps to protect router access - especially the wireless network connection.

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Network Security - 10 Steps to Protect Your Home Router

  1. 1. 10 Steps to Protecting Your Home Router DON’T LEAVE THE KEY UNDER THE MAT
  2. 2. READ THE MANUAL  Search online for your router by make and model  Download a copy of the manual  Learn how to access the administration settings  Learn how to update the firmware
  3. 3. RESET DEFAULTS  This is important for older routers  Resetting factory defaults removes any malicious settings  Unfortunately – it also removes custom settings
  4. 4. WIRED CONNECTION  Use a wired connection to configure settings  Avoid using wireless until proper encryption levels have been set  Enter the default Gateway IP address into a browser  This will be in the manual or on the website http://www.routerpasswords.com/
  5. 5. USER AND PASSWORD  Anyone can find out the default user name and password  See http://www.routerpasswords.com/  Change it to prevent default access  Don’t leave the key under the mat
  6. 6. RENAME YOUR SSID  This is the name that is broadcast to identify your network  Using the default name invites hackers to try factory defaults  Change it to something unique  SSID broadcasting has minimal security impact so consider convenience over security
  7. 7. SET ENCRYPTION  Wireless networks are broadcast networks  Set the encryption to the highest level supported  Avoid WEP and WPA with TKIP  WPA2 with AES is best  Article – Which to Use
  8. 8. UPDATE FIRMWARE  Updating the firmware is like patching potential security holes  But (unfortunately) this is not an automatic process  Read the manual for instructions  Once started, don’t stop the updating process!
  9. 9. UPGRADE ROUTER  If your router does not support WPA2 and AES level protection  Or if you can’t update the firmware  Then it is time for an upgrade
  10. 10. MAC FILTERING  This restricts access only to specific computers  Article – Should I Use?
  11. 11. DISABLE UNUSED FEATURES  Remote Admin / Remote Management  Wireless administration  UPNP  Wireless access if only wired connections are used  Article – 8 things to do
  12. 12. isharebyme Slide Deck by Peter Rushton @gmail.com

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