All routers come with their default passwords. That is the standard rule. Once you get a new router, you do not have to break a sweat. Default passwords always come with the router. And they can be found either in the router’s manual for step-by-step router configuration or on the router’s sticker. However, you would need to change these passwords soon if you want to create more security on your router. Knowing how best to create a good password is as important as keep your password safe from snoopers.
Here are therefore things to consider when creating a good password:
- Make it relevant: The best to create a password is to make it significant. Make your password resonate with any event that is very important to you. Contrary to popular opinions, good passwords are not just some mumbo jumbo combination of letters, numbers and symbols. You can easily forget your password if you make it so as recalling a complex combination of letter, numbers and symbols could be very difficult. So tie your password to the event that you can easily recall. That way, even when you cannot remember your exact router’s password, recalling the event it is tied to will help.
- Do not use CAPS: It is better to all letters in your password appear in small letters all through so you are not in confusion in the future in the case they your password is made of small and capital letters. Routers’ passwords are always case sensitive. That way, if you make use caps and you do not repeat the same thing when entering your password, you will be denied login.
- Don’t connect it to your birthday: In the need to make your router’s password memorable, please do not make it your birthday, as this is the first guess any hacker or anybody snooping around make to get control of your router. Make sure your password is not the year or day or month you were born. However, if you still feel the need to link your router’s password to your birthday, you can choose some digits of your birthday and combine a bit longer string of digits or alphabets you can easily remember.
- Keep it simple and short: There is no need making your password very long. Keeping it short is the best way to create a very memorable password. The shorter, the better for you. It is always rare to forget a password of four digits or alphabets. So, keeping it short and simple is the best way.
Here is a list of all default passwords by different routers:
- 3Com – admin
- Dlink – admin
- BenQ – admin
- Digicom – Michelangelo
- Netgear – password
- Sitecom – admin
- Thomson – user
- US Robotics – admin
- Linksys – admin