We live in an age of data leaks, hacking and other security vulnerabilities. If a person can get into your home WiFi network, then you’re going to be in a lot of trouble. From taking control of your social media accounts to accessing your credit cards information, there are many ways a hacker can do damage to you. That’s why you should make necessary steps to make your WiFi safe. To help you, here is an infographic by List Enthusiast about how to make your home wifi safer than before. Scroll down the infographic to read more detailed points.

How to Improve WiFi Signal and Range

Hide Your SSID

By hiding your network name or SSID, a person who haven’t previously connected to your network, won’t be able to see your network on his/her device’s range, until he/she types your network name.

Activate Encryption

There isn’t even any argument about encryption. Otherwise, your wifi network will be a 100-mertres long open ethernet cable which, anyone can connect to. There are many encryption methods available for wifi networks. WEP was common in early days of wifi but now it can be easily cracked. WPA2-PSK (AES) is the most secure WiFi nowadays. But there is one problem in it. It’s not available among old routers. That’s why you’ll probably need to buy a new router. There are many guides available online to help you choose a wifi router, such as this list of best wireless routers. For old routers, WPA2-PSK (TKIP) is the best bet.

Turn on Your Router’s Firewall

Many routers feature a built-in internal firewall that helps to protect your wifi network against external attacks. Most people unintentionally turn it off, but you shouldn’t.

Use a VPN

A VPN just acts as a medium between your device and the internet. It means that if you enable a VPN and then visit any website, all the data to and from your device and that website will be exchanged through a third-party server of that VPN service. VPNs help you to stay anonymous in public wifi as well as, access any website that has geographical restrictions.

Update Router Firmware

Firmwares are just like the operating system for their router. Just like any OS, old firmwares can have a security loophole unfixed. That’s why old firmwares are hackers’ favorite when it comes to security breaching. To prevent this, you should always update your router’s firmware. Updating a router’s firmware is very easy. First, you need to go to router manufacturer’s site. Then after going in supports section, enter your router’s model number. A download link will appear, you’ll need to download that file. After downloading, you have to go to your router’s web interface and then in firmware update section. Then you’ll have to locate the browse button to the area where you have placed your file. Once you’re in that area, simply click on that file and click on upgrade firmware or something like that. You’re good to go.

This post is presented by Lisa, she is tech blogger who specializes in writing networking related guides on her tech blog.