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Home Network Router Security Secrets

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  • Date: Apr 7, 2006.

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Ever delve inside your home network routers and use the hidden security settings that can lock down a network nice and tight? Most people never do. Andy Walker reveals 10 secrets on how to easily access your router's security settings.

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6. Customize the SSID.

Change the SSID name on your router from the factory default. On a Linksys router, it is "linksys". On a DLink router, it is "default". Change these to a familiar but unique name that doesn’t give away any personal info like your surname or home address. I always try to call it something humorous like snackcentral, fuzzyslippers (see Figure 7), or tastymackerel. This shows any would-be hacker that you have changed the default settings on your router and know how to work the router. If it’s named the default SSID, it’s an invitation to an outsider to come in and poke around.

Figure 7

Figure 7 You can rename your SSID anything you like, just don’t use personal info such as your name or address.

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