If I had to bet that your home WIFI network had vulnerabilities that could be hacked in under 10 minutes, I would make the bet with high stakes. Small businesses also fall under this statistic.
It is estimated that over 78% of consumer household routers have malware infected in the firmware which can cause your network to be compromised, with keyloggers, network worms and host malware. How to harden and secure your home wireless network in a few simple steps:
Login into your Router web interface (check label on router or type 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1 in your browser)
- Change your Router default log in credentials
- Ensure your wireless security mode is set to WPA2/AES-CCMP Only.
- Turn off WPS if possible, if not, turn off the PIN option for WPS (WPS is insesure protocol) Do not wirelessly send data to your printer or other devices. Use a wired network for printers.
- Create a LONG and COMPLICATED PSK (Preshared key, the password you use to log into your wireless network) Cracking WIFI passwords is the most common and easy attack. GOOD PASSWORD EXAMPLE: (#84%*$hfj349@&*64dHuw88erf)
- Make sure your router firewall is on, brute force and DDoS Protection is on, turn off UPnP, set your DNS server on the WAN port to 126.96.36.199 as primary.
- Finally, update your firmware and reboot. If there is no update button or option, google how to update your models firmware, there should be a download from the manufacturer’s website.
- Also, get a VPN is possible, this will increase your packet encryption from area packet sniffers (Yes they are really out there listening) in transit, however, if one of your network devices or computers is infected or hacked, a VPN is no good. VPS’s are great for public WIFI or less secure wifi networks.
“There is a silent packet war waging behind your device, all automated and driven by AI, Bots and software.” * The tools for hacking are free and available to anyone.