Wireless security is important, and Wi-Fi wireless networks can enable WPA2, a sophisticated encryption technology that protects data flowing between Wi-Fi radios and access points. Wi-Fi devices are shipped with settings that will make setting up your Wi-Fi network as easy as possible - security is generally disabled. We recommend you take the following steps:
First, change the default network name (SSID) and credentials (username and password) used to manage the settings on your Access Point/Router/Gateway. This helps keep unauthorized users from getting access to your network. Wi-Fi equipment usually ships with a default network name out of the box. This should be changed immediately to make it easy to identify. Equipment also usually ships with default credentials (username and password) to make accessing the device's configuration settings easy. These default credentials should be changed as soon as you set up your network.
Second, enable strong encryption for your network: WPA2 security with AES. WPA2 security features support AES - a sophisticated form of encryption that is suitable for sensitive data communications. When WPA2 security features are enabled, the stream of communication between client devices (e.g. laptop, phone, printer, etc) and Access Points/Routers/Gateways is protected using AES.
These measures complement each other - implementing them all is the best way to protect your network. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED equipment comes with default settings that help you establish your network quickly and easily - it's important to enable the built-in security measures as soon as possible to protect your network.