Wired Router Security
A network connection is a means by which one or more computers are connected together. These connected computers can share data and information with each other. There are mainly two types of networks: wired and wireless. Wired networks are those networks that require a physical connection between the system and the network source. Wired networks are capable of supporting very fast networks and it is essential that such networks are protected. Routers are those devices that link two or more computer networks together. Routers determine where each packet of data is to be forwarded and they help keep the connection between the networks alive. As hackers and malware developers are constantly trying to come up with newer ways to infiltrate into computers connected over a network, it is vital that users take some preventive steps so as to keep the network secure. Securing the wired network ensures that unwanted sources would not be able to gain access to the system and steal information from the system. Securing the wired network also reduce the chances of malware infecting system and causing issues such as decrease in performance and damage to the Operating System.
Encryption can be best described as a method by which information is converted into a form that is only recognizable by the intended source. There are many different encryption options available and users are advised to always enable encryption for the data being sent across wired router network. Encrypting the information ensures that even if unwanted sources gain access to the information data would be always safe and secure.
Another security option that wired router users can use is authentication. Setting an authentication password ensures that the network is always secure and that unwanted sources would not be able to gain access to it. It is advisable that users set the network password such that it is hard to guess or crack. It is also advisable that users change the password of the router from time to time so that even if the system is infected with some malware that has keylogger-type characteristics, the malware source would not be able to obtain the password securing the network.
Firewall can be best described as a security option that filters out the content coming into the system. Firewall can be hardware and software and all wired router users are advised to enable atleast one firewall for the connection. Most routers come with a default firewall and users can either use this or software firewall. Having the firewall enabled at all times would reduce chances of malware gaining access to the network connectivity.
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