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Hacking is starting to become more rampant these days and it is no longer just what a select few do but it is now what almost every young internet-savvy teenager does for one reason or the other. People have various reasons for hacking. Some people hack just for fun, some people hack to prove their superiority to friends, some people hack solely because they believe they are learning and some people hack just to pass away time. Either ways it can be very dangerous for you to allow your network to be hacked because that will be giving the hacker complete control over your network and the computers connected to doing it and it might also result in you losing important files on your computer.
Below are 5 security tips to help you prevent your wireless broadband network from being hacked.
Disable SSIDThe SSID is the identity of a wireless network and how it will be discovered by other computers. Whenever an hacker is trying to hack your wireless network all they need to do is scan for all the available networks around and in the process their scanner will discover your SSID and they can easily progress with trying their experiments with your wireless network.
You can easily save yourself a great deal of time and trouble by preventing these hackers from discovering your network. All you need to do is disable your SSID. It is important for you to realize that there are various ways to disable your wireless SSID and you can easily learn more of these ways by reading your wireless router’s manual or by visiting the website of your wireless service provider.
Use Strong Encryption Keys
Another way to prevent your wireless network from being hacked is by using strong encryption keys. There are several wireless encryption protocols that have been developed over time. They are WEP, WPA and WPA2 encryption keys respectively and you can easily decrease the chances of your network being accessed by just anybody by using the strongest of them, WPA2.
Use Strong Passwords
The next step you should take to secure your wireless network from being hacked is by using strong passwords. Make sure you use strong passwords for your computer so that even if anyone is able to get access to your network it won’t be easy for them to access the files and folders on your computer. Also make sure you change the default password and username that comes with your router so that it won’t be easy for just any random hacker to be able to get to you.
Use a Firewall
The funny thing about wireless internet is that no matter how protected your network is some people will still be able to access your network and it becomes really worse because you won’t know your network has already been hacked. By having a firewall installed on your computer you will be able to know when anyone tries to access your computer and you will also be able to either allow them or stop them from using your network.
Keep Educating Yourself
The reality is that a lot of wireless standards have been introduced over time and the wireless network keeps on improving, yet there hasn’t been any news on the number of hackers decreasing. The only solution is to keep educating yourself. Keep reading more about overcoming wireless attacks and over time you will be able to ensure your network is always protected.
About the Author: Paul Tobis is someone who helps people with choosing the right wireless broadband services.