WiFi Networking

Wireless Networking for your Home or Office

Having a wireless network is giving everyone the ability to connect computers and the internet without the hassles of running network cables throughout the home or office.

But wireless or WIFI technology opens your computer network and internet connection up to anyone who happens upon your wireless access point… unless you take the proper precautions.

Keep in mind that when you have a wired network, only computers connected via an ethernet cable have access to the network. With a wireless network, anyone with a computer or laptop (or PDA) with a wireless network card potentially has access to your network. And there are people who drive around searching for wireless networks to hack and use for malicious purposes. Any malicious activity would be logged via your internet connection with all fingers pointing to YOU!

There are four steps you should take when installing your wireless access point or router. (completely read the user manual that comes with your equipment)

  1. First, change the administrator default password. All routers come with a default password. If you do not change this, a hacker can access the administrative options and change them; essentially locking you out of the router and/or internet access altogether.
  2. Choose a unique SSID and disable SSID Broadcasting. SSID stands for Service Set Identifier (SSID); which is the name designated for your specific wireless local area network (WLAN). Routers usually have a factory preset SSID, something like ‘default’ or the name of the manufacturer. Change it to something unique and not easily guessed (just as a password). Then, make sure you disable SSID broadcasting. This will prevent anyone searching for a WLAN to see your network SSID. Keep in mind that the SSID that you choose will have to be entered on every computer that you want to have access via your wireless network.
  3. Make sure that the Firewall is enabled. The Firewall assures that only computers inside your network have access to each other and the internet. Computers trying to enter your network through the internet are denied access.
  4. Enable the highest security protocol that your router allows. Most routers allow at least 128 bit WEP Key protection (Wired Equivalency Protection). This consists of a 26 digit hexadecimal or ASCII key. Please see your user manual on how to enable this type of security and how to use the appropriate key. Keep in mind that the key that you implement will have to be entered on every computer that you want to have access via the wireless network.

By implementing these four steps when installing your wireless equipment, you will be minimizing your risks of being hacked through your wireless network.

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