In an increasingly interconnected world, where technology has become an integral part of our daily lives, the growing occurrence of WiFi jammers poses a significant threat to the security and reliability of wireless networks. Originally designed for lawful and military purposes, these devices have found their way into the hands of criminals, who exploit them to disrupt communication and commit various illicit activities.

Criminals have recognized the potential of WiFi jammers to compromise security systems, disrupt communication networks, and interfere with surveillance devices. The ease of procurement and the relatively low cost of these devices on the black market contribute to their popularity among those seeking to evade detection.

But worry not. In this article, we explore ways to prevent WiFi jamming and ensure the integrity of wireless networks:

  • Direct Connection
    • Have at least one or two cameras surrounding your property hardline into a router/recorder to ensure WiFi jamming will not affect them.
  • Alarm System Direct Connection
    • Where possible consider having your alarm base station hardline into your internet router rather than utilizing WiFi Connection.
  • Enable WPA3
    • One of the primary defenses against WiFi jammers is enabling WPA3 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 3), which is built into a majority of our networks today; this enhances the security of wireless networks by making it significantly more challenging for unauthorized individuals to interfere with the communication between devices. Information regarding the steps to enable this setting should be in your owner’s manual or located on the manufacturer’s website.
  • Make your network password strong and secure
    • Another primary line of defense for your WiFi network is a robust password. Ensure that your WiFi password is complex, combining letters (both uppercase and lowercase), numbers, and symbols. Avoid using easily guessable information such as your name or address.
  • Check for Firmware updates regularly
    • Keep your router and network equipment firmware up to date by regularly checking for updates provided by the manufacturer. Most manufacturers also provide an auto update function, it is recommended to opt into this if available. Firmware updates often include security patches that address vulnerabilities, making it harder for potential attackers to exploit weaknesses in your network.
  • Use a Guest Network…just don’t call it Guest Network
    • Set up a separate guest network for visitors. This network should have its own unique password and limited access to your devices. Keeping guests on a segregated network helps protect your primary network from potential threats.
  • Change your router default settings
    • Modify default router settings, including the default login username and password. Attackers often target devices with default settings, so changing them adds an extra layer of protection.
  • Stay Informed
    • Keep yourself informed about the latest security issues and best practices for keeping your network safe. Regularly check for security updates for your devices and educate yourself on how to recognize any suspicions activity that could be a potential risk to your home network.

With these practical measures and practices, you can significantly enhance the security of your home network and protect it from WiFi jammers and other potential threats. A proactive approach to network security ensures that your connected devices operate smoothly and securely, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of a connected home without compromising your privacy and data, making your home one step closer to a bastion.