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Internet - Jul 13, 2015

How-To: Create a Secure Password for Your Home Wi-Fi

Is your wireless network protected? Here’s how to stop thieves and hackers from getting access.

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When was the last time you changed the passwords for your home’s Wi-Fi network and router? If you answered “never,” put it at the top of your to-do list. Changing your Wi-Fi password regularly will help secure your network from outside intrusions, such as people stealing your internet connection or altering your settings – even changing your network password or redirecting your browser to malware or phishing sites.

Wireless-router hacking is a growing problem around the world. There have been reports in the U.S. of hackers exploiting weaknesses in some top-selling routers to hijack Web browsers and trick users into giving up personal information or downloading malware. (To help combat the problem, check the website of your router’s manufacturer for firmware updates.)

Keep reading for tips on choosing passwords, plus step-by-step instructions on how to change the password for two popular modems from Rogers. Don’t see the model you use? Visit the Support section of rogers.com for more details.


Creating a Strong Password

Experts recommend picking a Wi-Fi password with the same care you’d take when setting your banking password.

  • Choose a unique, hard-to-guess password (and never reuse one).
  • Don’t use obvious words, like your spouse’s name, your pet’s name or your birthdate.
  • When it comes to passwords, the longer, the better. Choose one at least 12 letters long, with upper- and lowercase letters, as well as numbers and symbols.
  • Don’t use words you’d see in a dictionary.
  • Use an online tool from Microsoft’s Safety and Security Center to assess the strength of a password.


Changing Your Router’s Password

Modem model: Rocket™ Wi-Fi modem (Hitron CGN3ACR) or Advanced Wi-Fi modem (Hitron CGN3)

1. Connect your computer to your modem via your home Wi-Fi, or directly using an Ethernet cable.

2. Open a Web browser. Enter the following address to access the administrative settings for the modem: http://192.168.0.1.

3. Log in with:

Username (default): cusadmin

Password (default): password

4. Click Wireless at the top of the page, then select the WPS & Security tab on this page.

5. On the right side of the page, you’ll see a field labelled Password for each of the networks generated by your modem. Enter your new password(s) here.

6. Click Save Changes. Once you’ve made this change, all wireless devices will have to reconnect to the Wi-Fi networks using the new passwords.

7. To test a device’s connection to your home Wi-Fi network, try to access two different webpages.

Modem model: Wi-Fi modem (Hitron CGN2 or Cisco DPC3825)

1. Connect your computer to your modem via your home Wi-Fi or directly using an Ethernet cable.

2. Open a Web browser. Enter the following address to access the administrative settings for your modem: http://192.168.0.1.

3. Log in with:

Username (default): cusadmin

Password (default): password

4. For the Hitron CGN2 model, select Wireless on the left side of the page, then the Security tab at the top of the page. For the Cisco DPC3825 model, select Setup at the top of the page.

5. Enter your new password in the Pre-Shared Key field, and click Save Settings or Apply. Once you’ve made this change, all wireless devices will have to reconnect to the Wi-Fi network using the new password.

6. To test a device’s connection to the Wi-Fi network, try to access two different webpages.

Support section at rogers.com

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