Can someone hack into my computer without my knowledge? That is a frightening possibility. However, keeping your network, router and computer safe from getting hacked and the potential privacy and ID compromises that accompany getting your computer “broken into, “ is easier than you think.
Let’s take a look at some ways to help strengthen your personal network and router from unauthorized intrusion.
Most average computers users either set up or have someone initially set up their computer using the basic instructions that come with the unit. This is rarely sufficient to keep away the enthusiastic hacker.
There are a few easy, no cost steps that can be taken to strengthen the security on your router:
It is advisable to keep current on Windows updates; you can set a schedule to scan for updates on a weekly basis.
Check that you have not accidentally disabled protection against Port Scan.
Make sure your Wi Fi router has the SSID hidden, not in broadcast mode.
Make or change to a very strong password. Strong passwords are those that contain upper and lower case letters, as well as numbers. It is recommended that the numbers not be placed at the beginning or end of the password. Also, any addition of a special character in a password like #, &, *, increase the strength of that password. What we are trying to do is make the password difficult to guess. Additionally, make sure the password it not written on a post it note® and stuck to the under side of your key board, or stored anywhere on your computer, like a notepad or word doc list.
You should without delay have an anti virus software, that runs in background at all times. There are several on the market like Norton®, AVG®, McAfee®.
Another parameter to check is, go to computer, right click on properties, select remote settings, go to the remote tab and de-select Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer. This process typically runs in the background, and if not needed it should be disabled. Should you need this process enabled, just follow the above mentioned hints in reverse.
If you need a quick step to make your WI FI router as safe as possible and as quickly as possible, would be to enable to encryption on your router. If it is not already enable, then if would be a good idea to enable it or have it enabled.
WPA (Wireless Protected Access is much stronger and reliable then WEP encryption.
The manual for your router or the manufacturer’s website can be most helpful when modifying passwords or encryption on your router.
Finally, you should change all the default network name and passwords for this router.