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SECURING A HOME ROUTER
Once you have your wireless router physically set up, the first thing you’ll want to do is add a password. To do so, connect a computer to one of your router’s Ethernet ports and then enter the IP address of your router’s administration interface into your browser address bar. You can find this address in the router’s manual or sometimes via a quick Google search. Enter the default admin name and password for your specific router. Then head to the Admin page and set your own password.
You can download apps to restrict content on individual devices, but there’s a chance that your child may work out how to bypass this. A more secure way of blocking websites is to block them through your router. This then blocks the website on all devices that connect via your home network. Again, you’ll need to visit your router’s default address.
Every router is different, but what you are looking for is probably listed under a “Security”, “Parental control”, “Firewall” tab or button. Some routers allow you to filter specific URLs, many
A home Wi-Fi network is an invaluable tool for those back at school, either for the educational resources it provides or for some hard-earned entertainment. Naturally, you’ll want to keep your kids safe from some of the less suitable material that’s online.
give you access to parental controls, which can be used to block websites and set specific times when the internet can be access; and most routers provide a general categorical filter.
Then you can connect your child’s device to your home Wi-Fi, safe in the knowledge that inappropriate content has been restricted as you deemed fit. Smartphones and tablets can connect easily, but devices like consoles will have to be approved via the router admin page.
If something goes awry, there’s no need to panic. Look at the back of the router for a reset button. You’ll usually need a pin for this, but simply hold down the button for 10 seconds to restore factory defaults. With a clean slate, you can start customising your settings and preferences once more.