Technology is at its best when the user never has to think about it at all. Thankfully, a router is typically something that gets setup once and as long as the user writes down the password, there’s nothing else to worry about. While it can be as easy as that, the easiest thing isn’t always the best practice when it comes to cyber security.
Taking the time to change your router password, at least annually, is a simple and effective way to make sure your network itself and all your devices and files are protected and safe. Out of the box, routers come with a generic username and password making it easy for hackers to gain access to your network without you knowing.
First things first, you need to connect to your router before making any changes to the settings of it. There’s multiple ways to connect to your router and if you are using a device that’s with an already established connection, you are ready to move on to the next step. If you are working on changing the password of a friend or family’s computer, there’s multiple ways to log in.
The needed connection can be established by logging in using wi-fi password or, if needed, by connecting directly with the use of an ethernet cable. Once you are connected, open up your preferred web browser and enter 192.168.1.1 into the address bar. If an error message is displayed, check the router for a different IP address.
After the router’s IP address has been entered, there will be a prompt to enter a username and a password. Like the IP address, this should also be printed on the router. Given you are working on this process for someone else, consult with them to see if anything has been changed from the default option. If absolutely needed, can be physically reset by holding the corresponding button on the router.
Once you are logged in successfully, navigate to the security settings of the router’s web portal. The exact location of these settings will most likely be found under a generic settings tab or security tab or submenu. Remember, the exact location will vary depending on the manufacturer of the equipment.
Inside the security settings, search for the change or reset password option. Instead of password, the phrasing of “security key” may also be used. When selecting a new password, use a strong combination of upper and lower case letters, as well numbers and symbols. Always avoid using something identifiable, such as an inclusion of a house number or family pet as part of the password.
It is recommended to use a random password generator for any and all types of passwords. One can easily be found via a web search and can be set to your liking, such as whether or not to include symbols. After the new password has been entered, click the save button, which may also be written as apply or confirm. Reset the router and the process is completed.