Who every thought that one day we would have as many wireless networks as we do now. There are millions of free wireless networks all around us. It has never been as easy to take any of your mobile devices anywhere in the world, and connect to a wireless network.
However, with all these advancements and the ease of use with this wireless technology, how safe are they to connect to them? Think about the last time you connected to a wireless network? Were you checking you bank account, email, or maybe your social media accounts? Maybe the last network you connected to was your own home or business network. So the questions that arise are, how safe is it really to just connect to any wireless network? More importantly, how secure is YOUR OWN wireless network? You will be surprised to know that many wireless networks people connect to whether it is at there home, business, or public location, are not fully secured. This presents the risk of your financial and/or personal information getting leaked.
Ways to Secure Your Wireless Network
Let’s take this very common scenario and paint the picture for you. A consumer or small business owner goes out to his local retail electronic store and buys a high end, extended range, reliable wireless router. Some common brands that are purchased are Linksys, Cisco, Netgear, Asus, Belkin. This person goes homes and either hires a tech or installs the wireless router himself at his location. He or his tech looks at the small sheet of instructions in the box and within 30 minutes, his wireless network is up and running. Now that his wireless network is up and running, all his mobile devices are connected to the internet.
The problem is that most “techs” or people set up there wireless network by only changing the network name (SSID) and the wireless password. Once this process is done, they think there network is secured and ready for use. However, are some things to help in FULLY securing your wireless network:
- Do not just change the Wi-Fi password on the router. In addition to this, change the actual username and password for the administrative log in of the router. By default, each wireless router has a log in. They are extremely easy to log into since these default usernames and passwords are all available online through the manufactures’ websites.
- When you change your network name, do not change it to, “Hackers Beware” or “Can’t Get Pass This.” Don’t make your network a challenge for hackers to crack. Choose a simple network name without using any personal name related to you.
- Hide the SSID. Instead of allowing your network name to actual show, hide it. That way, when there are mobile devices that are looking for a wireless network to connect to, your network is hidden and not being show on the nearby network list.
- Do not use the standard WEP encryption that comes with the router. WEP is better than no encryption but there are other levels of security for your router that make it harder for hackers to get into your network. Use WPA2 AES Encryption.
- When choosing a location for your wireless router in your home or business, pick a location that will benefit you the most. Putting your router in the center of your home or business would be the most ideal place. That way your network is not being broadcasted to outter areas that are unneeded.
- If you work a certain schedule every week, you know there will be times when you will not be home. Why not set your router to deactivate during the times you are not home, especially if you have other computers connected to the network.
- Make sure you wireless router always has the latest firmware on it. Keep your hardware updated, especially a security device like your wireless router.
- Here is one thing many people rarely ever do, forget to secure their wireless printer. If you have a wireless printer which many people do nowadays, make sure it is secure. Believe it or not, your network could be hacked through your wireless printer. Make sure to change the username and password for the admin settings. If they are not changed, it is easy to get what is called the default gateway address. This address is the address to potentially acquire access to your router.
- Always make sure that your Firewall is enabled on your wireless router.
Let TechHub Direct Put You At Ease
Now, you know the facts, so let TechHub Direct help you get your network FULLY secured. We stand out from the average techs for many reasons but here are two. One, we educate our clients so they understand how this technology works. Second, if you haven’t noticed yet, TechHub Direct offers techs that are thorough when performing repairs and services. We want to make sure that the important details are not left behind! This is why the quality of work that we do is not standard but exceptional. Securing your wireless network and the devices that connect to it is extremely important. Primarily, you want to make sure that your data, financial records, and personal information cannot be easily accessed. TechHub Direct would be more than happy to help your fully secure your home or business based wireless network.
Give us a call today at 619-870-9000 and one of our techs will gladly help in setting up an appointment for you.