Tips To Protect Router and Network From Malicious Threats
There are several advantages of using router for networking. It keeps the network simple. You can perform IP forwarding and Port forwarding because each machine can see just the router. Therefore, the security of the router should be ensured. For that, various security features are available and then you may use the router without the fear of virus attacks. Several problems might occur while configuring router security settings. You should notice certain factors while configuring your router security settings. The first thing is that you have to change the administrator password and use a strong password. A router has an inbuilt firewall. Enable this firewall. Port forwarding can be used to enable games, P2P programs etc. Another important factor is that you have to turn off UPnP port while configuring. Keep a backup of your router configuration if you want to change the settings. You also have to disable SSID broadcast while configuring the router. Make sure that you haven’t enabled auto connect to Wi-Fi devices. Static IP address is good for security; so, you should assign a static IP address. If you are configuring a wireless account, you should decide the position of the router to access the network. Another factor you should remember is to turn off the network connection when it is not in use.
- Administrator password
- Wireless Security
In order to protect the router and network from malicious program, you have to first set the administrator password. Every router has a control panel which can be accessed through wired connection. Control Panel is the place where all the settings and the functions are modified. You have to enter a username and password so that without your user id and password, no one can access the network. There is a default password with the router but you have to change this and instead you should use a strong password.
Another security method is related to wireless security. Most of the routers deal with wireless devices such as laptops. Their data transmission takes place by sending radio signals. So, there is a possibility that third parties could track the radio signals. In order to prevent this malicious activity, you have to send the data in the encrypted format. Encryption technique would scramble the original data; thus, it would be difficult for the third parties to identify the data. Encryption serves to authenticate user.
A router can also work as firewall so that it can prevent attacks by worms, Trojans, viruses etc. Therefore, it would refuse all unsolicited, inbound connections. You can enable the firewall in the router. A router gives online port scan result if the router is configured to route the packet. If the router rejects the packet, it would close the ports. To avoid attacks, you have to enable the firewall and the remote administration should also be disabled.
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