Security of the information that you hold on your computer has never been so important as it is today. What with all the stories you hear about unauthorized access, it is something that affects everyone who has a computer linked to the internet.

Fortunately there are a number of very good wireless router security features to look for when you are upgrading or buying a new router.

To begin with check that your router offers an administrator security feature, lockable with a password of your choice. It is surprising how many people have this feature but don’t use it. If you switch it on, the result is that only someone who has the administrator password is able to log in to change your configuration settings. This is something that I would recommended to set up as your first step in your router installation process.

Another good wireless router security feature to look for is WiFi Protected Access, otherwise known as WPA. Whilst most of the older routers use Wired Equivalency Privacy (WEP), WPA has none of the well-known weak points that WEP has. It also is much easier to use. Support for WPA can be found in versions of Windows XP, but you may need to download a Service Pack in order to use it.

One less well known security feature that you can look for is the ability to reduce the network transmitter power. By reducing the range over which your wireless router transmits it is harder for someone to gain access to your signal. Of course to fine-tune a signal to such an extent that it doesn’t transmit outside the walls of your house is practically impossible. But by narrowing the area of transmission as much as you can helps a great deal in stopping mis-use of your network.

Another item to look for when reading about the wireless router security features is the ability to disable remote administration. Whilst most routers have the capability for an administrator to dial in remotely for maintenance, not all routers have the ability to switch off this functionality. Naturally the less places that you allow administrators to have access to the router, the chance of illegal use of your network decreases.

Despite all the security options that you can take, you still need to recognize the fact and reconcile yourself to it that if someone really wants to hack into your network, the chances are that they will be able to. But like with anything, the more deterrents that you can switch on, the harder you make it for them and so the more likely the opportunist will give up and try to gain access to someone else’s network.