Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) is the standard security protocol used on wireless networks and provides a robust security solution. One of the great things about WPS is the ability for users to simply connect to the network and connect to available wireless routers without having to input a lengthy security code. However, like many security protocols, the WPS default settings are often configured with the least security possible which leaves your network susceptible to attacks. In this blog post, we’ll cover how you can easily turn off WPS on your wireless network to enhance security and prevent data breaches.
Use Strong WPA Passwords
One of the first things you should do if you want to maintain a secure network is to change the default WiFi password. Changing the WiFi password isn’t the most exciting thing to do, but it’s an important step towards achieving a truly secure network environment. Using a WPA password of “password” is incredibly weak and an absolute violation of WiFI security standards. The WPA standard suggests using a strong password like “MyWiFiPassword” or “Hell0Nrails”, but since these are the commonly used passwords, it’s usually a good idea to just use those as examples. Now when you set up your WiFI network, make sure to use a strong password and ensure that no one else is connected to your network.
Consider Using a VPN at Home
Even if you’ve set a strong password and protected your network using WPS, it’s still a good idea to use a VPN to encrypt all your network traffic as soon as you get home. A VPN client is a great tool to have and when you’re using a VPN, all your Internet traffic is routed through a secure connection which greatly enhances your security. A VPN provider will also typically give you a dedicated IP address that is much harder for attackers to trace and disrupt your network connections. Using a VPN also allows you to perform all your daily tasks without worrying about security incidents taking place on your regular network due to weak or default passwords.
Disable SSID Broadcast
One of the many cool things about WPS is that it allows access to multiple networks automatically without having to manually add each network one by one. One of the downsides of this convenience is that all the networks will automatically broadcast their SSIDs which makes them easily discoverable by anyone within range. To prevent this from happening, you can easily disable SSID broadcasting on your wireless network. When you disable SSID broadcasting, clients will not be able to detect your network even if they can see it. Since clients are required to automatically search for available networks, this means that your network will not be discovered unless you deliberately add it to the list of networks available to other clients.
Use Strong Encryption
Encryption is one of the primary concerns whenever you’re talking about security and it’s a good idea to use a strong encryption protocol. Since we already changed the password and turned off SSID broadcasting, it’s now time to take another step forward and employ stronger encryption. Since WPA is a pre-standard of 802.11i, many routers will not have implemented the full strength of encryption, so turning on Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA3) is a must to ensure the highest level of security.
Use A Password Generation Algorithm
It is a really good idea to use a password generation algorithm with your passwords so that they are complex and hard to guess. It’s also a good idea to change your passwords frequently so that even if an attacker manages to get access to one of your passwords, he’ll have a hard time getting access to all of them without being detected. Using a password generation algorithm makes creating strong passwords a lot easier and it also ensures that you won’t reuse the same password. There are many algorithms available out there that can help generate strong passwords so you don’t have to worry about going through the classic approach of simply adding a few characters to your password or using words from a dictionary.
Use MAC Filtering
MAC filtering is also known as MAC address filtering or Network Address Control and it allows you to block unauthorized devices from accessing your Wi-Fi network. When you use MAC filtering, you should be aware that not all devices are created equal and you need to make sure that your router is configured properly to filter out certain MAC addresses. MAC filtering is one of the better known security controls since it is quite easy to implement and gives you great protection against unauthorized access to your network. You can use MAC filtering to identify and block rogue Access Points and clients that are trying to connect without being authorized.
Use A Strong Login Page
The login page is an important part of any website or application and it’s important to make sure that it’s secure. A strong login page will include a password field with the minimum characters required for the user to be able to log in. It’s also a good idea to add a couple of extra security measures like a username field with limits or a CAPTCHA (Challenge Authentication Protected Conversation) to ensure that only legitimate users can log in. Using a VPN at the login page will further improve your security.
Revise Your Router’s Configuration
Finally, it’s a good idea to revise your router’s configuration so that it doesn’t have the default WPS security configuration. You can find your router’s configuration through a setting in the interface that is accessible through a web browser. Once you’ve located the configuration, you can easily change it to something more secure. Since most routers are configured with the WPS default settings, it’s usually a good idea to just change them to what is recommended in the security protocol documentation that comes with your router.
By following these tips, you’ll be able to turn off VPN on your Wi-Fi network and maintain a secure connection that is hard to break into. As mentioned before, these measures will not provide complete protection against malicious attacks but they will make it much more difficult for an attacker to gain access to your network. A VPN is a great solution for maintaining a secure connection while on the move as well so be sure to use one of the VPN apps that are available for mobile devices.