How do you take care of your home Wi-Fi network? Generally, as long as the router and the Wi-Fi-enabled devices are on and accessing network at a great speed, everything else does not seem to matter. Yes, this is the usual case in most of households that use a Wi-Fi network. It’s time to stop hackers, freeloaders, and other threats from entering your home Wi-Fi network and prevent extension of all personal, confidential data. While hackers and freeloaders can casually sit outside your household and use your Wi-Fi and systems, it becomes imperative to implement a set of home Wi-Fi security solutions that would secure your network and data 100 per cent.
Home Wi-Fi security solutions gathering momentum in Asian countries
Developed regions might be early adopters of home Wi-Fi security solutions in order to own a safe, secure Wi-Fi network confined only to respective families. However, very few in developing countries seemed to be aware of the fact that we are living in an age of identity theft, information leaks, cyber- attacks, unethical network usage, and much more. The picture is however changing rapidly. Internet and technology penetration, coupled with exploding usage of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, the awareness about securing home Wi-Fi network is surging among the Asian population. Asia Pacific has become a lucrative market for home Wi-Fi security solutions providers.
Future Market Insights, a premium market research firm, recently conducted a study on Wi-Fi security solutions market in Asia Pacific. The study reveals promising growth over the next decade. While the market crossed the revenues worth $ 8 Bn in 2015, it is likely to expand at a CAGR of over 12% by the end of 2026.
5 quick tips to for your home Wi-Fi security
1. Configure the router and update it!
Wi-Fi router accounts for the largest revenue share of nearly 50% in the APAC home Wi-Fi security solutions market. Go to the ‘settings’ page for the router and check the instructions provided. The ‘default username’ must be changed and of course, the ‘password’. This password that you are changing is not your Wi-Fi password but the one that offers you’re an access to the on-board settings of the router. This is highly confidential and must not be disclosed to anyone else. Check for all the devices connected to your Wi-Fi network and be alert for anything suspicious. To apply the latest security updates and patches, ensure that you update the router’s firmware.
2. Keep changing your passwords, frequently!
Do you remember how many of your friends, relatives, neighbors, or anyone else you have shared your home Wi-Fi password with? If no, this is the time you must start keeping a tight check on who exactly is able to access your home Wi-Fi network and who amongst them can seriously steal a major bandwidth while working or gaming on your network. Simply change the passwords frequently and the number of people able to connect to your home Wi-Fi network comes down to zero. Go to ‘router settings’ and try to find out how you can change your passwords. A little cumbersome but totally worth for the security of your network.
3. Stop broadcasting your network’s availability to everyone nearby!
Whenever you try to connect to the web, it is common to view a range of Wi-Fi networks available. It is unnecessary to broadcast the availability of your home Wi-Fi network to anyone who is passing by. Go to ‘router settings’ again, ‘hide’ the network, and relax. However, for this, you must memorize the service set identifier (SSID) and the password to get connected.
4. Whenever possible, turn it off!
It’s true that living without Wi-Fi could be a nightmare but having a Wi-Fi that is not secure could be much scarier. There are ways in which you can survive without a constant Wi-Fi connection on your mobile device. Moreover, it’s a good practice to turn the Wi-Fi off whenever you are out or sleeping.
The market insights mentioned here are sourced from a recently published report outlook by Future Market Insights, available at http://www.futuremarketinsights.com/reports/sample/rep-ap-1723
Author: Abhishek Budholiya is a tech blogger, digital marketing pro, and has contributed to numerous tech magazines. Currently, as a technology and digital branding consultant with Future Market Insights, he offers his analysis on the tech market research landscape. His forte is analysing the commercial viability of a new breakthrough, a trait you can see in his writing. When he is not ruminating about the tech world, he can be found playing table tennis or hanging out with his friends.