Why do I need to make a stronger password for my Wi-Fi?
You might think that having a weak Wi-Fi password is no big deal. After all, how much does it really matter if someone uses your internet? Well, not protecting your home network can be a huge problem. If strangers have access to your Wi-Fi, they can gain access to connected devices such as your phones, computers, and even home security devices. This can potentially also lead to them accessing valuable personal information.
Like many things in life, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
How can I tell if someone is using my Wi-Fi?
Whether it’s just your neighbor jumping on your network without your permission or a shady character with more sinister motives, you probably want to know who is using your internet. There are a few tricks for doing this, but for AT&T customers, the easiest way is probably to use the AT&T Smart Home Manager tool.
What makes a strong password?
To start off with, you don’t want to pick anything that would be easy for someone to guess. That probably rules out common passwords like “password” or “12345.” It would also rule out some less obvious passwords, though. For example, the year your child was born might be a random string of numbers to someone else, but it’s something someone with bad intentions could likely find on social media and other places.
If you’ve been choosing passwords for a while, you might think you already know the rules for choosing a strong password. I would double-check the latest recommendations from experts if I were you, though. The best practices have evolved a good deal over time.
I strongly recommend reading this article on choosing a strong password to get started. Keep in mind that these tips apply to all types of passwords, not just your Wi-Fi password.
How do I change my Wi-Fi password?
Once you’ve chosen a strong password for your Wi-Fi network, you’ll need to know how to update it. This process can be a little different depending on your internet service provider. If you’re an AT&T customer, you can follow this simple process in the AT&T Smart Home Manager tool.
Other ways to protect your Wi-Fi network
Besides having a strong password, there are a few other important steps you can take to keep your home network safe. I would recommend going through the steps in this article from AT&T support to make sure you’re protecting yourself and your devices.
Good luck and stay safe!
Hopefully you found this article and some of the sources I shared helpful. Please do your best to be careful out there and protect yourself from threats. To learn more about how to stay safe on your devices, take a look at the Cyber Aware website from AT&T.
This article is AT&T sponsored content written by Matt Johnsen, a TechBuzz contributor. The statements in this article are his own and don’t necessarily represent the positions, strategies, or opinions of AT&T.