Securing Home Wi-Fi

Routers are one of the most important electronic devices that you have in your home. They link your other devices together and to the outside world, and that's why they are such a valuable target for attackers.

A secure Wi-Fi system helps keep unauthorized people off your network and reduces the risk of data loss, theft, and/or sabotage. That’s why we put together these key steps to securing your Home Wi-Fi. 

Secure Your Router

To create a secure home network, start by securing your router - that’s the little blinky box that your internet comes from. This device controls who (and what) can connect to your home network. Your router will have a unique web page that you can access to configure your device.

Find your router’s web page

Here are instructions on how to find your router’s IP address. Once you have the IP address (e.g., 192.128.1.1) type it into an address bar (aka URL bar).

screen shot of address bar

Change the Admin/Default password

Most companies program the same default username and password into every device they sell. Be sure to change the admin password to a unique, strong password and if your device allows it, change the admin username as well.

Create a Network Password

Create a strong, unique password for your Wi-Fi network too (and make sure it’s different from your router admin password). This way only people and devices you trust can join your home network. Consider using a password manager to create a strong password and to keep track of all of your passwords.

Keep the Firmware Updated

Turn on automatic updates for your router’s firmware. If automatic updating is not an option, you should set a reminder to log in occasionally to check your router for updates. And… if your router is no longer supported by the manufacturer, buy a new one!

Set up a Guest Network

Setting up a “guest” network means that you create a separate virtual network for your guests and any questionable devices, like guests' devices, or even for smart home devices that you want to isolate. Splitting the network means that devices on your guest network cannot see or talk with any device on your main network where your trusted devices connect to (e.g., your computers, smartphones, or tablets).