I am the solution...to securing my wireless.
flexible and convenient. Having the ability to move freely while computing
provides great opportunities for you. However, if you are not careful, it
unknowingly provides the same opportunities to others. Your wireless network
must be secured properly so that criminals cannot access your files and
information or engage in illegal activity on your network while disguised as
Secure your home wireless network
securing your home wireless network is critical to securing your information
and your reputation. Don’t be an easy victim. Here are some ideas that work
together to keep your information and home network safe. The
more solutions you apply, the stronger your defense will be.
1. Change the default
password and logon name for your router. Reference your wireless router manual for instructions.
2. Enable the strongest
encryption that your equipment will support. Configure WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access), WPA2 or at a minimum WEP.
3. Disable SSID
broadcasting and change the SSID. The SSID (Service Set Identifier) is effectively the name of the network and usually set to a default value. Change the SSID to a name that is difficult to guess. The wireless router will broadcast the SSID by default. Reference your wireless router manual to disable this feature.
4. Restrict the devices
that can connect to your wireless network. You can do this by using the MAC (Media Access Control) address filtering capabilities of your wireless router. Every wireless network card has a MAC address. Configure your network to only allow specific MAC addresses to access your network.
5. Turn off your
wireless router when you know you won't be using it.
Be careful computing in Wi-Fi hotspots
you are on the move and computing in a Wi-Fi hotspot provided in a coffee shop,
bookstore, campus, or airport you need to be wary of hackers waiting to access
your network or steal your information. Most public wi-fi hotspots do not
provide security protection for their users. Here are some ideas to make those
hotspots safer. As mentioned in setting up a home wireless network these ideas work together to build a stronger defense.
1. Hackers are able to
capture network traffic with little effort and chance of being caught. Make sure that
sensitive data is encrypted during transport and not sent in clear-text. more...
2. Configure your laptop to allow only connections to approved
a. Disable Automatic
b. Verify that you are
connecting to the appropriate SSID.
c. Disable ad-hoc
capability which allows other wireless users to connect directly to your
d. Disable your wireless
card when not in use.
3. Disable File and
to prevent disclosure of your shared files and to reduce the chances of your
computer being compromised. You can always turn it back on when you return to
your home network.
a. Disable the service
or restrict access with your personal firewall.
4. Use a personal
5. Use anti-virus and
anti-spyware protection software.
6. Consistently apply
Keep all applications, including your operating system up to date.