In this video, learn how to properly secure a wireless router, which is the first point of contact for a would-be hacker.
- [Instructor] 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, such as your home network, you can log in via the browser and then you can change the settings for the router. First you have to log in. Routers come with a User Name 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 underside of the actual physical device, itself.
If it isn't, you can look it up in the user manual online or usually a quick Google search will tell you what it is. I'm going to log in to my router now. This is a Verizon FIOS router. To change the setting, while everybody's router web interface is going to be different, you can start by looking for a setting that involves the word password. In this case, here on the bottom left-hand side, I can see the Change Admin Password link. Clicking on that link is going to bring me to a screen where I can place a check mark next to Set a new password and put a new one in and click Apply.
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.
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