HACKERS can attack home Wi-Fi routers if the right settings aren’t in place.
Verizon has some advice that most people with a Wi-Fi router can apply to their own gadget and it can help you avoid a costly mistake.
If a cybercriminal attacks a Wi-Fi network they can use it to spread malware or even steal information.
Although your Wi-Fi router should come with a certain level of privacy security settings turns on by default, you can always enhance this for peace of mind.
Verizon says on its website: “Verizon recommends using the strongest encryption available that is compatible with the devices on your home network.
“Your first choice for network security should be WPA2 encryption.
“If one or more of your devices isn’t compatible with WPA2, WPA encryption should be your next choice.
“Only if your network devices are incompatible with WPA2 and WPA encryption should you consider using WEP encryption.”
WPA stands for Wi-Fi Protected Access and there’s now a WPA3.
However, you’re more likely to see a WPA2 option within your own router settings.
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If you want to check whether your Wi-Fi router is using WPA2 or change it so it does, you’ll need to access the settings online.
Work out your router’s IP address and then type that into a web browser to access an admin page.
You should be able to find the IP address in the settings of your computer.
Use your router’s username and password to login and access the security settings.
Different Wi-Fi routers will have slightly different admin pages and update methods.
It’s best to check with the specific developer’s website for the most up-to-date information.
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