Many businesses are choosing wireless (Wi-Fi) networks over wired networks because they decrease cost and increase worker productivity. Savings are made from not having to use vast amounts of cabling to connect computers and in server costs. Productivity gains are made because modern-day workers increasingly have Wi-Fi devices that can be accessed at work and moved around the office. Meetings can be held where data is shared in real time. But, one downside of using wireless internet for business is decreased network security. Wireless networks are much easier to tap into and hack so proper precautions must be taken and choosing a Wireless Security service is a must. Here are some things that can be done to increase wireless security on your own:
Change Your Password: Wireless routers come out of the box with a default password that anybody can figure out just by knowing what type of router you have. It may not seem like a big deal, but many people simply never change the default password and that leaves your wireless network very exposed to be leeched off of or hacked since any decent hacker will know the default passwords for each make of wireless router.
Use Encryption: Using encryption (encoding the signals to and from your router) means that even if someone knows your password they won’t be able to get access to your wireless router. You’ll have a choice of encryption methods to choose from when setting up your router and you should choose WPA2. Avoid WEP encryption as it’s a very outdated encryption technology that is a legacy option for old routers when WEP used to be the standard. It has been compromised to the point that it is very easy to hack into.
Change Default SSID Settings: Every router also comes with a default network name known as the SSID. The particulars of SSID aren’t important except for the fact that it’s the name of your Wi-Fi network and lets people know the manufacturer of the router. Make sure you change your SSID name to add another layer of security to your Wi-Fi system. Also, routers come with the default setting that they will broadcast their SSID names. If you disable the broadcasting default setting, your SSID will be hidden from anyone searching for a Wi-Fi connection.
These tips will make your Wi-Fi more difficult to exploit, but for full protection you need to employ a Wireless Security service. Visit Envisionns.com for more information.
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