As for a listing on a wired network, it needs to be physically connected by Wi-Fi, anyone within range of the network can potentially connect to it. And this is even more annoying than the intruder may not be visible: this can be a neighbor, passing in the street, in short, anyone. Then he is free to browse the hard drive of your PC connected to the unprotected or using your Internet inappropriately, you yourself are responsible for the acts he might commit. Fortunately, it is possible to prevent this.
The default settings for access points and wireless routers are not secure and allow anyone to connect to your network. Thus, the majority of users switching to Wi-Fi, seeing that the wireless works straight start, do not go further and do not seek to secure it, which is extremely risky. Here is how to properly configure your Wi-Fi to make it safer.
In our example, we used Orange Livebox. However, the features and options listed are present in most of the box, routers and access points Wi-Fi market. Do not hesitate to refer to your hardware documentation for more information and find out how to access a specific feature.
Change the default password:
With passwords such as 1234 or admin are very common and its not at all safer for the management console access points and routers, Better to set its own password to prevent anyone to change your network configuration. Here is how to do that:
- In your Internet browser, enter the address of the interface to configure your Wi-Fi equipment, such as 192.168.1.1 and press Enter.
- In the dialog that opens the connection, enter your username and password and confirm with Enter.
- The configuration interface of your router opens. Click the Access Control menu then click Change Password.
- Then enter your old password and your new password in the fields provided for this purpose. Enter it a second time to confirm it and click the Apply button.
Even your Router needs new IP address:
Also for safety and to cover their tracks, you can change the IP address of the router which is generally the same for all brands, namely 192.168.1.1.
- In the router interface, click the Advanced Setup menu.
- Then click on the menu and then click Configure ADSL line.
- Select the eth0 IP address 192.168.1.1 and click the Configure button interface.
- Then enter the new router's IP address in the IP Address field.
- Then click the Apply button.