Home networks are our every day’s running power over the cyber world. We use them for accessing all our devices, surf the internet and keep online from anywhere in our house. There are different methods to enjoy such facility but the most popular and easiest way to do so is just buying a router, and letting it do the networking. Obviously, it’s the best option for anyone in these days. But as hotspots are all over the place, home wireless networks are the most vulnerable networking type than the others. And of course, they come up with more security protocols and features, but obviously it’s the most vulnerable if not protected perfectly.
Home wireless networks work using radio wave that is emitted from the router and keeps all the devices around the range connected. Devices like smartphones and laptops already have built-in Wi-Fi receiver to connect with a network, but in the case of PC, it requires an extra device to enable the feature.
Wi-Fi is widely used for home networks. There are several measures that can be taken to protect the network. It’s usually established with secured connection that is protected using password. But when it comes the question of security, only such protection isn’t enough.
In previous days, routers were very weak in security. Now, they have been improved a lot. Yet, they’re vulnerable. If your password is weak enough, such as, dictionary words or in your phone number, birthday or your email etc. then you’re surely going to be in trouble. Hackers always try to get into your personal hotspot using those things in different combinations, and they can succeed most often.
So, using a strong, hard to crack password with a huge amount of characters is the best way to protect your Wi-Fi network from being hacked. But is that all?
Using wrong security protocol is also another vulnerability that can’t be defended. For example, WPA and WPA2 are pretty much vulnerable to brute force attacks. In that case, you have to make sure that your protection protocol is selected, at least, WPA2 or WEP.
Again, if you leak your password, you’re in very much trouble. Because of the leaked password, hacker can easily sneak into your network, capture all the devices and bring chaos to you.
The obvious protection of home wireless networks is not to leak the password publicly, not using the wrong security protocol, etc. Also, make sure that your router defends against DDoS or brute force attacks. In this way, you can stay safe. I have written another article on home network security which has a list of tools that are useful when securing your network.