Your extender is where all the magic begins be it related to surfing the web or playing online games, and if it’s compromised, you might be facing a lot of trouble. We know you don’t want it! Read the post to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Like all valuable things, your internet can also be a target of hackers who would want to get access to it for infecting your PC or stealing your personal information like credit card details etc. There can be an array of reasons that can devastate your internet experience which is all due to the placement of your Netgear WiFi range extender. Well, here are a few of the ways using which you can prevent hackers from gaining access to your WiFi. Walk through the steps below to keep your WiFi range extender secure in 2020.
Change the Default Password
Usually, this should be a no-brainer, but you would be surprised to know that most Netgear extender users don’t change the default password to something secure and unique. Once you are done with the Netgear extender setup using default credentials, you are advised to change the default username and password for keeping your device secure.
Keep its Firmware Updated
Regardless of the Netgear extender model you choose to enjoy the internet, firmware updates are a persistent fact that helps in making your extender up and running. Hence, regularly check for firmware updates related to your extender and if there’s any, get it updated as soon as possible. Many of those updates will gift your device a run to work flawlessly or help in fixing bugs. You can update the latest firmware on your device by logging in to your extender via mywifiext.
Provide a Separate Network to Guests
People visiting us often ask to use WiFi and you can’t deny. In such a case, it’s sensible to create a guest network account and give those details to the guests. This way they would be able to connect to the internet without accessing your personal internal network. To save your extender, it is important to create such an account as access from unknown devices may infect your network with viruses or other malware.
Change the Default SSID
Another tip that can secure your extender is changing the default SSID of your extender. It is basically the public name that appears when you are searching for WiFi networks in your range. Netgear extenders do come with default SSID(netgear_ext) that can be traced by hackers. So, you are suggested to change the SSID of your extender right away.
Disable WPS Feature
WPS makes it easy for users to add a new device to their network in a matter of minutes. All you need to do is press the WPS button on your extender, and then the WPS button on your other WiFi device, that’s it – connection established! Unluckily, the WiFi Protected Setup can be easily cracked by hackers, thus you are suggested to disable the feature by navigating to the settings of your extender.
New Year is around the corner, and we don’t want you to lose your important data and start your year with a trauma. So, better to use the aforementioned tips and secure your extender now!
We hope you do the same to take your Netgear extender setup experience to the next level. Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year 2020!