For a hacker, a wifi connection that shows its Default name that it came with, is a red flag. It can mean you’re probably not tech savvy since you didn’t change the default name, you most likely didn’t change your router’s default password making you a target to get hacked.
When you look at your list of available wifi networks, there are usually over a dozen default names, that a hacker can try to access, giving him access to your network. If they access your home network, they can access your computer. Most people pay their bills online and save passwords and bank account numbers. A hacker can now have access to all of your information, and you have just been hacked.
“Hackers have exposed the personal information of 110 million Americans, roughly half of the nation’s adults, in the last 12 months alone. That massive number, tallied for CNNMoney by Ponemon Institute researchers, is made even more mind-boggling by the amount of hacked accounts: up to 432 million” – CNNtech 2014.
These are very basic and simple steps to secure your network:
1. Your wifi’s “displayed” network name, whether its the default name or not, is called its SSID, and should not be “broadcast” or displayed for anyone to see.
2. You should change your default router passWORD to a longer, strong passPHRASE that should include upper & lower case letters, numbers and symbols.
3. You should set up your router to only give access to the devices that you allow, by using and listing each devices specific MAC Address.
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