Set Up Your Router Securely

When you get a new router, there are a few things you can do to make sure it's set up securely.

The first thing you'll do is connect it to your computer and check the manual to find out how to configure it.

Once it's connected to your computer, you'll use the browser to navigate to a special address as instructed in the manual. It should be something like This will take you to the login screen for the router.

The manual will tell you what the default username and password is for it, but make sure to change that password right away. Write it down or put it in a password vault so you can keep track of it.

Next, turn on "WPA2" encryption, and give that a good, strong password as well.

Finally, turn off "Universal Plug n Play" and "LAN administration".