Securing Wireless Networks

As Wi-Fi home networks become more popular, so do security breaches through these networks. Here are a few tips to prevent unauthorized access through your Wi-Fi network.

  • Immediately change the administrator password. Most wireless routers or access points come with web-based software that enable you to create or change the settings for your device. To prevent unauthorized access, you should immediately change the default password.
  • Enable encryption. All wireless-enabled devices support some form of encryption. Use the highest level of encryption supported by all your attached devices.
  • Change the Default SSID. An SSID your network's name. All wireless devices on a wireless network must use the same SSID in order to communicate with each other.
  • Disable SSID broadcast. You don't need to broadcast your SSID to the neighbor's. A safer choice is to manually enter your network's SSID when connecting new wireless devices.
  • Turn off the router or access point when you'll be away from home for an extended period of time.

Consult the documentation for your wireless router or access point for specifics on how to change your network settings and secure your network. American Century Investments® representatives cannot provide technical support for your router or home network.