Securing Wireless Networks

How to Secure Your Wireless Networks

Securing a wireless network or router is often a major concern for wireless users. Unfortunately, with modern security, absolute security is virtually unattainable. That notwithstanding there are measures that you could take to secure your wireless networks.

Sending data over a wireless network carries a risk of being hacked and setting up a Wi-Fi router may attract signal leeches. You must, consequently, try as much as possible to heighten the security of your wireless router and network. Here are a few possibilities to ponder over.

WPA2 Broadcasting

Anyone with meaningful knowledge about wireless network understands the essence of encryption. It also beats logic for anyone who is after security to use any other encryptions methods besides this one. It is a broadcasting method that is supported by almost all devices except the very old ones. Using Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 is the strongest form of encryption that you can afford for your network. This method scrambles all the information sent over the network in a code that won’t be accessible to other people.

As mentioned earlier, older devices do not support WPA2. The recommended equivalent of WPA2 for these devices is WEP – Wired Equivalent Privacy. Most routers have their encryption turned off during purchase, and the user has to turn it on.

Secure Devices

Both the computer and router should be secured against unauthorized access. This can be achieved by:

  • Changing default passwords– manufacturers of wireless network routers assign them with standard default passwords. This allows for easy setting up and operation of the router for the first time. Most serious hackers know these passwords, and you must, therefore, change the password to something they do not know. Choose a strong multi-character password and remember that the longer it is, the tougher it is to crack.
  • Change the default name– the service set identifier, SSID is the name of your wireless router. It is most likely going to be standard and default during the time of acquisition of the router. It is best to modify this to a unique name which only you know.
  • Use anti-spyware and anti-virus– this fundamental computer security measures will protect your connected devices from being hacked into.

 

 

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