The short answer:
- All routers have a default username and password to access its administrator settings.
- The default admin username and password pose a security risk to your home network.
- An uncommon admin username will be hard to guess by unwanted visitors.
- A strong admin password will help keep unwanted visitors out.
- Strong passwords should contain upper and lower-case letters, numbers, and special characters.
The longer answer:
For most routers, the default administrator’s username and password are well-known by hackers and therefore pose a security risk for your home network. Some routers let you change both username and password, while some only let you change the password (or they may call it the device access code).
If your router lets you change the username for the administrator account, the best course of action is to change your username to something more memorable that an outside person could not easily guess.
If you are a Wixi user, you can use the app to easily change your login credentials. If not, you can follow these steps:
- Access your router’s configuration page by entering your router’s IP address, which is a series of numbers such as xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx, into your browser’s address bar. Once you’ve found the configuration page, enter your router’s default admin username and password.
- Look for the account settings, which will vary depending on the router’s manufacturer. Find the security page and enter the administrator’s new username if you have the option to do so.
- Enter the new password in the “Password” box. You may have to confirm the password by typing it twice. Save your settings. The router will process the change and it is a good idea to log-in again to verify that the new username and password are as intended.
“Password” or “Secret” are not good choices for a password. Choose a strong password that uses a mix of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and special characters that will be easy for you to remember. Or at least, easier than “[email protected]&hY2”.