This blog at CISO Platform is written on behalf of Archie Jackson, Senior Director and Head of IT & IS at Incedo Inc.
10 Best Practices for a Secure “Home WiFi” Network
- Default Router Password: Access your home WiFi router settings by typing 192.168.1.1 into
your web browser. Enter the username and password for the router. You may find it on the
router label. Most of the home WiFi routers are set with default username (admin) and
generic passwords. Once logged in, change the default password of the router.
- Set a unique SSID: The SSID (or Wireless Network Name) of your Wireless Router is usually
pre-defined as “default” or is set as the brand name of the router (e.g. Linksys). Don’t use
your name, home address or other personal information in the SSID name.
- Enable Network Encryption: Wireless networks come with multiple kinds of encryption such
as WEP, WPA or WPA2. Ensure the encryption is enabled on the router to WPA2.
- Turn off SSID Broadcasting: When using a wireless router at home, it is recommended to
disable network name broadcasting to the general public.