Why should I change the router admin’s password
You are probably a very concerned person about your passwords. Right?
E-mail, social networks logins, internet banking accounts and a lot of other systems requires a good and safe password. The basic equipment you use to have access to the internet from your home also has its password, and if you never bored to change it or never thought it could cause you any harm, there is a good reason to start paying attention to this.
Hacker’s are good in breaking passwords, but that does not mean you can make their job easier. The router’s default passwords are almost public information. It is easy to find not only lists on the internet but also small programs that provides a plethora of router’s passwords you may need. Actually, a quick visit to your router’s manufacturer technical reference website or blog is enough for finding all the default passwords and also other info.
Setting up a new password since the beginning when you turn on the router for the first time is a very important security measure. But most people just don’t do it. If you are one of these persons, check out the next session and do not wait to change your router’s password.
Learn how to change your router’s password
Before you execute the procedures to change your router’s admin password, it is important to have in mind the following points. (they may save you a lot of future headache)
- Remember to read the router’s manual to check out any warning or security information related these procedures.
- In case you need to restore the default factory settings, do not forget to write down all your current settings information.
Taking the above precautions into account, you are ready to perform the next steps.
Steps to change the router’s password
- In case you no longer remember the current password, you need to restore the router’s factory configuration by holding the reset button for more than ten seconds.
- Note that if you press the button for a shorter time, the router will be reseted but the configurations will stay the same and not be restored to the factory standards.
- If you know the actual password, go to step 3.
- Open your internet browser and type the default IP address of the router’s admin interface.
- Usually this is 192.168.1.1
- In case the above IP address is not the correct one, check out here how to find the right one.
- If you restored the original factory settings, just login using the default router’s admin password and username. If you knew the password and did not restore the settings, just login with the info you know.
- The default router’s password can be found on the router’s manufacturer website and here.
- On the router’s administrator page, set up a new and complex
- The administrator page may be different depending on the router’s model and brand. Usually the option to change the password is very evident.
When you change the router’s password, certify yourself that you choose a new and complex one. Be sure you memorized it or have it written down on a safe place. Let’s not make a hacker’s life easier.
Now you’re done and your router is safe!