Best Practices to Keep Routers Secure
Most homes and offices have a router that provides internet access to multiple devices within the same space. Unfortunately, cybercriminals may target routers because they can steal data or alter a router’s ability to recognize illegitimate websites, putting users and their organizations at risk. Employees working from home may be particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks via routers. As such, organizations need to understand and share basic cybersecurity measures with staff.
The following best practices can help keep routers secure:
- Do not use default passwords or wireless network names that the router came with.
- Turn on Wi-Fi Protected Access.
- Disable Service Set Identifier to prevent the wireless network from being easily seen.
- Keep the router’s firmware up to date.
- Establish a network for guest users.
- Disable Wi-Fi Protected Setup.
- Routinely restart the router to clear the system memory and refresh connections.
- Disable remote accessibility.
- Make sure every router administrator has their own username, password and proper access privileges.
- Monitor activity regularly.