How to Stop a DSL Modem From Being Hacked


Like all wireless connections, DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) modems are vulnerable to being hacked right out of the box. This means that anyone could tap into your wireless network, slowing it down or conducting illegal activities under your name. Many companies will try to sell you security software for hundreds of dollars, but the simplest preventative steps you can do right from your computer's operating system..

  • Plug in and turn on your DSL modem.

  • Select "Control Panel" from the Start menu.

  • Type "network" into the search bar, and then click "Network and Sharing Center" when it pops up.

  • Click "Set up a new connection or network."

  • Click "Set up a new network," then click "Next."

  • Select "WPA2-Personal" from the "Security Level" dropdown box. This is the most secure setting and is compatible with DSL modems.

  • Select "AES" under "Encryption Type."

  • Type a password under "Security Key." To avoid being hacked, use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Make it at least eight characters long, but preferably longer. The longer and more complex the password, the harder it is to hack. The ideal password would be a lengthy string of random letters and numbers (e.g. s4G9kdu28!f*SA12), but you have to remember it.

  • Click "Next" and then "Finish."

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