I’m a Wi-Fi expert – two security settings are causing slow router speed and the first involves a hidden number

Federal Trade Commission EXPERTS have revealed two very important security settings for your wireless router.

If you use both properly, you can even improve WiFi speed as they can stop strangers and cybercriminals from intruding into your network.

WiFi security settings keep you safe and can help increase your internet speed


WiFi security settings keep you safe and can help increase your internet speedPhoto credit: Getty

In an important security post on the FTC website, the experts emphasize the importance of using the best encryption settings.

The website states: “To encrypt your network, simply update your router settings to WPA3 Personal or WPA2 Personal.”

“WPA3 is the newer — and best — encryption available, but either will work to encrypt your information.”

Encryption makes it harder for cybercriminals to hack your network.

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The FTC also warns about legacy security settings.

It states: “Older routers have WPA and WEP, which are outdated and not secure.”

“If these are the only options listed, try updating your router’s software.”

Another important security setting is your router’s password.

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The FTC says, “Change the default administrative username, password, and network name to a unique name.”

“Do not use login names or passwords with your name, address, or router brand.”

Too many people using the same network can slow down speeds.

The fewer people who know your WiFi password, the better.

It’s also a good idea to set up guest passwords that you can share with anyone who doesn’t visit your home regularly.


TaraSubramaniam is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. TaraSubramaniam joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: tarasubramaniam@dailynationtoday.com.

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