The problem is not many people seem to realize this. If your wireless home network is insecure, your whole life is open to the public. So how do you correct this problem? There are a few easy steps to make this vulnerability go away.
- Find out your routers IP address (it is probably something like 192.168.0.1, 10.1.0.1, etc)
- Type that IP address into the URL bar of your browser and go.
- You'll be brought to a login page...it will look different from router to router.
- If you do not know your login information, it is likely "admin" and "password", or consult your routers manual to find out what the default log in is.
- Look in the security settings (again, read your manual to find out where it is for your router) and change the log in and password for your routers homepage.
- Next, go to WAN (Wireless) security and change the security to the highest possible encryption. Right now, that is probably WPA2 or some variant of it.
- Set a password of your choosing, I recommend using upper and lower case + numbers.
Done. Now you have a secure network. If you ever lose access to your router, simply use a paperclip to press the reset button on the back.