Join Jess Stratton for an in-depth discussion in this video Securing a router, part of Learning Computer Security and Internet Safety.
- The interface to change the settings for your wireless router, is accessed via web browser. Once you're connected to a particular network that the router is attached to, you can log in via the browser, and then you can change the settings for the router, but you first have to log in. Routers come with a username and a password. Those can be the default ones that come when you buy it right from the factory, or you can change it. I do recommend changing the default password. It's usually written on the under side of the actual physical device itself.
I'm already logged in to this particular router. This is a Netgear router. To change the setting, while every router's interface is different, you're going to look for a setting that involves the word 'Password'. In this case, on the left hand side, in the maintenance area, there's a link that says 'Set Password'. Clicking that link is going to bring me to a screen where I can type in the old password, that is, the one that's written on the under side of the device itself, and here's where I can create a new password. This way, even if a would-be hacker knows the default passwords or knows your particular router password for whatever reason, once you change the password, they won't be able to access it once they're connected to your network.
- Installing updates
- Using antivirus software and protecting against viruses
- Enabling Windows Firewall
- Using password-management software
- Encrypting files that contain sensitive data
- Securing your router and protecting the SSID
- Understanding the signs of a secure website
- Checking settings for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari
- Unsubscribing from email subscriptions
- Reviewing site privacy settings
- Browsing on a public computer
- Understanding cookies
- Protecting other people's names and locations
- Fact-checking email warnings