Renting an apartment, whether it’s your first or not, comes with a lot of responsibilities! After setting up your utilities and getting moved in, it's time to take care of a security task - protecting your home WiFi network.
Why Do I Need to Worry About Secure WiFi?
In short: because you don't want other people using your WiFi, for many reasons. One of the most obvious is that you don't want anyone else sucking up your bandwidth and slowing down your internet speeds. However, there are major security risks, as well.
With just a little work, anyone can get into an unsecured network. When someone is in your network, they can:
- Monitor your web activity. When this is happening, the unauthorized individual can not only read your emails and see which sites you visit, they can also steal any of your log-in and personal information that you input online.
- View all of your files on your computer
- Spread a virus on your computer.
- Use your internet connection to perform illegal activity.
- Use your accounts to send spam to all of your contacts.
How Do I Keep The WiFi In My Apartment Safe?
There are two simple ways to make sure that your router is secure:
Change Your Preset Name: Every router comes with a preset name, which includes the factory name of the router. The problem with this is that if any potential hackers want to get into your router, they will be able to easily identify vulnerabilities with your network, based on their knowledge of the router model.
Change The Password: Routers also come with a factory password. Again, a hacker knows what router you're using, they can easily guess the password, as well. While you're at it, make sure your password is something unique and difficult to guess! Tip: Avoid pet names (or your own name!) and any combination that make be easy to figure out.
How Do I Change My WiFi’s Name And Password?
Changing your network name and password are fairly simple tasks. Once you identify the kind of router you have, simple look on the company's website for instructions on how to change your information.
That's it! Now, all you need is the perfect first apartment!
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