Tips on Securing Your Home Wi-Fi Network

December 18, 2015

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team ("US-CERT") recently released an advisory on the importance of securing home Wi-Fi networks. Using unsecured Wi-Fi networks and home routers with their factory-installed settings can leave your home network and personal data vulnerable to an attack. US-CERT recommends taking the following steps to secure your home Wi-Fi network:

  • Change the router's default username and password. See ACA Aponix's password strength best practices
  • Change the router's default service set identifier (SSID)
  • Log out of the router's management website when you're not using it
  • Configure Wi-Fi Protected Access 2-Advanced Encryption Standard (WPA2-AES) for data confidentiality
  • Immediately disable Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
  • Limit WLAN signal emissions
  • Turn the network off when not in use for extended periods of time, such as during travel
  • Disable Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) when not needed
  • Upgrade firmware when updates are released
  • Disable remote management
  • Monitor your network for unknown device connections

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