Learn How to Secure your Wireless Network Today

by | Jan 29, 2013 | General Tech, Security

Do You Know How To Secure Your Wireless Network?

For the third morning in a row, an unknown silver car has been sitting outside your office.  He stays for 30 minutes, and then goes on his way.  Today, you brought your field glasses to work, and realized that he was using his laptop to check his email… probably using your wireless network!  While he may not be hurting anything, you don’t want to expose valuable customer data through an unprotected WiFi network.  Today, we cover four easy steps to help you know how to secure your wireless network.

These steps require you to login to your router utility tool.  Most WiFi routers can be accessed using your browser, simply by knowing the Gateway IP address.  For router specific requirements, consult your owner’s manual.

• Change the administration username/password for your router.  You want to be certain that nobody can login to your router and undo the network security that you’ve setup.  Be sure to write this username/password combination down somewhere secure.

• Change the SSID or network name. Changing the SSID from “default” not only makes your network unique, but will make it harder for someone to guess your SSID if you choose not to broadcast your SSID.

• Enable WPA or WPA2 encryption. Each device that wants to connect to your network will need to know the password.

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• Enable MAC filtering.  This only allows devices you specify to connect to your network.  It will require you to log back in to your router whenever you want to allow access to a visitor or new employee.

Some of these steps require you to create a password.  Be sure to use a strong password that is difficult to guess.  Strong passwords should include a combination of numbers and letters, both lower- and upper-case.  Write these passwords down and store them in a secure location.

Need help?  Invenio IT specializes in Managed IT Services for the small and medium business. Contact us today for help on how to secure your wireless network and information on a full range of services.

Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.