A secure system is one that has established some protection to prevent outsiders from intruding or attacking the network. It could be in a home, business place, school, federal office, hospital or any other network. Any of them are vulnerable to attacks as long as another internet-enabled device is connected to the network.
For this reason, we will show you 8 steps to consider while building a secure network.
8 steps to help you build a Secure Network
- Changing the network’s admin – the best and easiest way to start building a secure network is by changing the network admin usernames and passwords more regularly. If this user names and passwords are not changed regularly, it makes it easier for an attacker to intrude. Networks cannot have perfect security, but one has to make it hard for any unwanted intruder to attack their networks.
- Service set identifier (SSID) – this will broadcast your network name so that other internet devices find your network and connect to it. When an attacker gets to understand the model of your router it gives them easier means to maneuver around and get into your network. Each time one changes the SSID one should remember not to broadcast the name and reconnect all their internet enabled devices.
- Modify the router encryption – the routers that come in the recent years have encryptions; this is the best way to lock down a network. One has to go to the routers company websites to get customer help since most of the routers differ in navigations to security settings. If one gets to security settings of the router, then they should turn on WPA2, change the encryption AES and enter the network key (the password that one uses for the encrypted Wi-Fi).
- Turn on router firewall – each and every router is built with a firewall that should protect it from attackers. Most routers have these automatically turned on, so one has to check and turn on if the router was not automatically turned on. It gives the network another layer of protection from hackers.
- Turning off guest networks – this helps maintain the number of people accessing your network. Many people prefer to leave their network open for guests, but this gives a loophole in the security of a system.
- Virtual private network (VPN) – it covers your identity hence making people not be able to view your network traffic. This is possible as the VPN makes your network to be from another geographic region.
- Updating your Wi-Fi firmware – this is another important way of making sure your router’s security is up to date. Router manufacturers update their software more frequently as to improve their services.
- Turning off Wi-Fi protected service (WPS) – it also helps one get a secure and fast network. WPS makes a device easily paired by the router even though there is an encryption because it takes a push button on the router to connect the device to the network hence making it vulnerable since a person with physical access could get in the network.