5 ways to stay safe when connecting to Wi-Fi
Want to make sure your internet is secure? Keep yourself and your family safe with our W-Fi security tips…
21 Aug 2018
Whether you’re at home, on holiday or checking what your kids are up to, Wi-Fi is a must for staying connected and making the most of your tech.
Keep your family safe and secure online with our Wi-Fi security tips…
1. Protect your Wi-Fi router with a secure password
Changing your Wi-Fi password is quick and easy, but many people don’t tend to do it. Every router comes with default passwords, and though the codes are complex, they can be easy for hackers to locate. Make sure to change it to something personal and hard to guess so your family’s data stays safe and secret at all times.
There are two passwords associated with your router:
- The Wi-Fi password is the one you enter to connect a device to your network.
- The admin password is required to make changes to your settings. You shouldn’t share this with anyone else.
How to change your passwords
- Go to your router’s settings
- Enter the URL or IP address into the browser while connected to the Wi-Fi
- Enter your user name and password – you’ll find default login details on your router or the box it came in
- Update with a new password
IP address (or Internet Protocol address) is a unique address which links you to online activity. Your home Wi-Fi IP address will be assigned by your internet provider.
2. Invest in up-to-date antivirus software
Antivirus software isn’t just for your computer – you want to make sure smartphones and tablet devices are also protected, as children are becoming tech-savvy much younger and tend to use the internet more regularly.
Paid antivirus software products offer more features than free versions and access to technical support.
With many paid-for antivirus packages you’ll get:
- Security for unlimited devices
- Possibility to monitor your Wi-Fi remotely
- Built-in anti-theft systems
- Advanced encryption tech
But keeping your family safe and secure online requires more than just antivirus software. With a full internet security suite, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that everyone’s information is completely safe and secure in your household.
Choosing a full suite saves you time researching and purchasing individual products. These packages incorporate all the security features you could want, including encryption tech, specialist protection, anti-spam controls and additional functions such as parental controls to help keep your kids safe.
3. Take care when connecting to free Wi-Fi hotspots
Public Wi-Fi networks may seem like a handy way of getting free internet access when you’re away from home, but there are also some potential risks that are important to consider.
If you or your family need to use free Wi-Fi hotspots, here are some ways to stay as secure as possible.
- Stick to official company networks, and encourage your children to double-check the spelling of the network name, in case hackers have set up a similar bogus network
- Assume anyone can see the data you’re sending over the internet
- Viruses can spread through Wi-Fi - ensure everyone in the family has anti-virus protection on all their devices
- Turn off automatic connection so your kids have to choose which networks to connect to
4. Get a dongle for Wi-Fi on the go
If you or your family members regularly need to access the internet when you’re away from home, then a dongle or Mobile Wi-Fi solution is the best option.
A dongle is a USB-sized modem that you plug into your laptop to access the Internet when you’re out and about. They’re ideal for business use, but also for entertainment on transport. Long journey coming up? Keep the kids entertained with movies, games and favourite apps.
Even better, set your devices up for a family holiday with a Mi-Fi device. These act as a mini Wi-Fi hub for multiple devices.
With both dongles and mobile Wi-Fi devices, you’ll need to buy a data plan. Depending on how often you need to use it, you can set up a monthly plan or pay-as-you-go. Many plans also allow you to use your data allowance abroad.
5. Know who to call if you’ve got a problem
Even if you take reasonable security precautions, accidents still happen. If you find yourself with a problem, or need a question answered, get in touch with our expert service partner Team Currys.
They’ll help to seek out any nasty viruses, spyware or malware and eradicate them from your computer. And if you’ve got lost data, or your laptop’s taken a tumble, they can help with that too.