How to Keep an Asus Router Secure
Encrypting the information that is transmitted through the air is the best way to protect communications from eavesdroppers. The two main types of encryption are Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP). WPA2 is the best choice but many older routers do not have this option. If your router doesn't have WPA2, you should upgrade.
To limit access to your router it is recommended that you use a strong password that isn't freely shared or used anywhere else.
This guide will walk you through the process of protecting your wireless network.
1 Log into Asus Router
- Using a computer that is connected to the ASUS router, open a web browser (such as Safari, Google Chrome or Internet Explorer). Run your internet browser and type 192.168.1.1 into the address bar to access ASUS wireless router configuration page.
- When the router login prompt opens, type the username (admin) and the password (admin).
The default credentials are:
- Username: admin
- Password: admin
2 Picking a Strong Password
Wherever possible, you should pick a password that is impossible to guess and is also resistant to brute-force attacks.
Password Dos and Don'ts
- Passwords should be long, 8-12 characters or more.
- Passwords should be something easy for you to remember, but hard for others to guess or lookup.
- Passwords should have lots of different character types: upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols.
- Replacing letters with symbols is a simple way to achieve this: use @ for a, and ( for c, as example.
- Passwords are personal, most services have a way to create a 'linked' account or share services with trusted friends and family.
- Change passwords regularly. Every 90 to 180 days; this helps keep your accounts from being compromised long-term.
- If you must write down a password or make note of it, do so only in specially designed programs, or keep and hold the physical copies with the same care and respect you would a social security card or birth certificate. Remember; anyone with your password "is you".
- Don't use short passwords; computers can guess them very easily.
- Don't use a common word you can find in a dictionary.
- Don't use information that can be looked up or guessed, such as a birthday, anniversary, or pet's name.
- Don't use the same password for everything. If one password is compromised, all of the same ones are compromised across all your accounts.
- Don't share passwords. People with your password "are you" to a computer system, or a service.
- Don't keep the same password forever. Assume that, at some point, it will be guessed, seen, or otherwise compromised, and it must be changed.
- Don't write down passwords in the open, or save them in non-encrypted files on your computer.
3 Change Wi-Fi Password
- From the Network Map, you will see your Wi-Fi network details on the right.
- Under Authentication Method, click the drop down button and select WPA2-Personal.
- Under the WPA-PSK key, type your new password.
- Click Apply to save the changes.
- Your wireless security settings have now been updated.
- Any time you change your wireless security settings you will need to reconnect your wireless devices.
- If your router is dual-band, meaning it has a 2.4 and a 5 GHz network you may need to repeat the steps listed above for each network because each network may be controlled individually. You must use different network names for each band.
- If your router has a guest network you will need to repeat the steps listed above for the guest network because it is controlled separately.
4 Keeping Your Password Secure
Some precautions should be taken in order to keep your password secure.
- Do not use a master password that you use everywhere (such as email, work, school, home, network)
- If possible, do not share your password with anybody.
- Passwords that are shared with others, like for a home network, should only be shared if necessary.
- Be aware when typing your password in public, or that in no way anyone is watching.
- Some types of electronic devices like computers and smartphones can remember passwords, so beware of devices that are not yours.
- Make a schedule of when to change your password. For example, every 180 days.
- It is not recommended to write down passwords. But if you have to, make sure that it is neither physically nor visually accessible by others.
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