How to Secure an eero Mesh WiFi Router

Introduction

In this guide, you will learn how to change the password settings of your existing Eero Mesh Network. Choosing a strong password can mean the difference between having a secure network, or letting someone else take control from you.
Tools You'll Need:
  • Your mobile device
Before You Begin:
You must the eero app installed.
Your eero router/gateway must already be set up.
Eero beacon mesh system

1 Verify Your Mobile Device with Eero

Eero doesn't just use usernames and passwords like any old account. Each time you need to log into your Eero account you'll need to verify your connection so they can make sure its you.

  1. Open the Eero app.
    Eero App Logo
  2. Tap the Menu to open it up.
    Eero menu
  3. Tap Account.
    Account settings
  4. The first time you open the Account page you will be asked to verify either your phone number or your email. In this example the email has been verified, but the phone number still needs verification. Tap to verify whichever one needs it.
    Email verified
  5. A code will be sent to either your phone number or email, whichever you selected. Type in the code you were sent and tap verify.
    Verifying the code

2 Best Practices

Always keep the following password management best practices in mind:

  • Longer is better.
    • Programs exist that can guess thousands of passwords a second, the longer your password, the longer it would take to guess. It takes exponentially longer to guess a password for each character.
      Example
      Good: Ceiling2Wall3Chair#Floor7
      Bad: Office1
       
  • More complex is better.
    • Using a more complicated password makes it harder to guess, as well as creating a much larger 'search space' for password cracking programs.
      Example
      Good: OfF1c3xq%tp
      Bad: Office1
       
  • Do not only use readily available or easily guessable information.
    • Information such as your phone number, address, office number, building name, or the like are easy to look up, and therefore easy to guess. Use information that does not relate directly to you.
      Example
      Good: Wiskey]Tango3foxTrot7
      Bad: JoeAverage123FakeStreet
       
  • Include numbers, uppercase letters and special characters.
    • Increasing the type of characters used in your password is always beneficial, as, again, it would take a lot longer to guess, either by a person or with software.
      Example
      Good: i#c=TgsDE36w}q
      Bad: unxuetuykhmczk
       
  • Change your passwords frequently. This is why most companies and some services will prompt you to change your password after a certain amount of time.
    • Even if someone gets your password, if you've changed it recently, the information they have would end up being useless.
  • Never enter your password when someone is within a viewing distance and angle of your screen. This is especially important to keep in mind when on planes, trains, buses or anything else with rows of seats.
    • No matter how complicated or secure your password is, if someone can simply watch you type it in, it's just as good as giving it to them.
  • Never check the box to show the password when logging into a site or service. You are better off missing a potential typo than exposing your password.
    • Once again, if someone sees your password, it is the same as giving it to them.
  • Never give anyone else your password.
    • A shared password means someone else can 'be' you to the online service or system. They can then do anything, and everything you can do, but you would be accountable for it.
  • Do not reuse your passwords with multiple services.
    • If one service you use is compromised and ends up giving your password to an attacker, that attacker could end up with the single password you're using across all your other services, thus compromising all of your accounts. It's best to have separate passwords for every service you use.

3 Change Your Password on Your Eero Network

  1. Open the Eero app.
    Eero App Logo
  2. Tap the Menu to open it up.
    Eero menu
  3. Tap Network Settings.
    Network settings
  4. Tap Network Password. Type in your new password.
    Network password field

4 Keeping Your Password Secure

Some precautions should be taken in order to keep your password secure.

Best practices:

  • 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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In this guide, you will learn how to change the password settings of your existing Eero Mesh Network. Choosing a strong password can mean the difference between having a secure network, or letting someone else take control from you.
Tools You'll Need:
  • Your mobile device
Before You Begin:
You must the eero app installed.
Your eero router/gateway must already be set up.
Eero beacon mesh system

Eero doesn't just use usernames and passwords like any old account. Each time you need to log into your Eero account you'll need to verify your connection so they can make sure its you.

  1. Open the Eero app.
    Eero App Logo
  2. Tap the Menu to open it up.
    Eero menu
  3. Tap Account.
    Account settings
  4. The first time you open the Account page you will be asked to verify either your phone number or your email. In this example the email has been verified, but the phone number still needs verification. Tap to verify whichever one needs it.
    Email verified
  5. A code will be sent to either your phone number or email, whichever you selected. Type in the code you were sent and tap verify.
    Verifying the code

Always keep the following password management best practices in mind:

  • Longer is better.
    • Programs exist that can guess thousands of passwords a second, the longer your password, the longer it would take to guess. It takes exponentially longer to guess a password for each character.
      Example
      Good: Ceiling2Wall3Chair#Floor7
      Bad: Office1
       
  • More complex is better.
    • Using a more complicated password makes it harder to guess, as well as creating a much larger 'search space' for password cracking programs.
      Example
      Good: OfF1c3xq%tp
      Bad: Office1
       
  • Do not only use readily available or easily guessable information.
    • Information such as your phone number, address, office number, building name, or the like are easy to look up, and therefore easy to guess. Use information that does not relate directly to you.
      Example
      Good: Wiskey]Tango3foxTrot7
      Bad: JoeAverage123FakeStreet
       
  • Include numbers, uppercase letters and special characters.
    • Increasing the type of characters used in your password is always beneficial, as, again, it would take a lot longer to guess, either by a person or with software.
      Example
      Good: i#c=TgsDE36w}q
      Bad: unxuetuykhmczk
       
  • Change your passwords frequently. This is why most companies and some services will prompt you to change your password after a certain amount of time.
    • Even if someone gets your password, if you've changed it recently, the information they have would end up being useless.
  • Never enter your password when someone is within a viewing distance and angle of your screen. This is especially important to keep in mind when on planes, trains, buses or anything else with rows of seats.
    • No matter how complicated or secure your password is, if someone can simply watch you type it in, it's just as good as giving it to them.
  • Never check the box to show the password when logging into a site or service. You are better off missing a potential typo than exposing your password.
    • Once again, if someone sees your password, it is the same as giving it to them.
  • Never give anyone else your password.
    • A shared password means someone else can 'be' you to the online service or system. They can then do anything, and everything you can do, but you would be accountable for it.
  • Do not reuse your passwords with multiple services.
    • If one service you use is compromised and ends up giving your password to an attacker, that attacker could end up with the single password you're using across all your other services, thus compromising all of your accounts. It's best to have separate passwords for every service you use.
  1. Open the Eero app.
    Eero App Logo
  2. Tap the Menu to open it up.
    Eero menu
  3. Tap Network Settings.
    Network settings
  4. Tap Network Password. Type in your new password.
    Network password field

Some precautions should be taken in order to keep your password secure.

Best practices:

  • 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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