Network security is an issue that is a growing concern for businesses and home users alike. Protecting your network is a sensitive concern as it is most prone not only to dangers like Virus and malware but also to hackers and other unauthorized users. These unwanted third parties derive satisfaction in breaking security codes and stealing valuable and confidential information from the computer. Most of these hackers also steal such information for the purpose of financial gains.
All possible measures need to be implemented to stop such acts. One of the very important measures for protecting the router and the network is to change the password from default to one that is private and unique.
Instructions to change Router Passwords
Following the instructions will help you learn how to change the default password for your router.
Step 1: In the first step, access your desktop and open the web browser icon on it. This will open the default web page through which you need to access your router setup page. In the address window at the top, enter the IP address in the form of ‘192.168.x.x’, where the last two numbers vary according to the router’s manufacturer. These details can be accessed from the manual which usually comes along with it or from the manufacturer’s website. Alternatively, the default IP addresses of different routers can be found out by visiting the website ‘www.routerpasswords.com’.
Step 2: The next step involves entering the Username and Password in the dialog box that opens, the information which can once again be accessed through the manual. Entering the correct information will take you to the router setup utility.
Step 3: Keep navigating through the setup utility until you get to the screen where you would be allowed to change the password. For changing it, you would need to enter the old password.
Step 4: You must choose a password that is very difficult to guess, especially for a hacker to gain access to the network. Passwords which have only letters or numbers must be avoided and those with a combination of letters, numbers, symbols and upper case and lower case letters must be chosen to ensure maximum security.
Step 5: In the change password page of the router setup, enter the old password and then enter the new password when prompted. You would be asked to confirm the new password again for making sure that the correct password is entered.
Step 6: The new password must be recorded in a secure location so that you can recall it later when the need arises.
Step 7: Log off from the router page after confirming the password change. You can confirm the changes by opening the router page with the IP address and going through the login information. You have successfully changed the password if you are able to login successfully.
It must be ensured that the password isn’t shared with anyone who doesn’t have access to the router. Care should also be taken in entering the password correctly because if you mess it up, you would have to reset the router to its default settings.