Wi-Fi Network security is very important for all kind businesses and individuals using Wi-Fi for the purposes of internet access and sharing. Anyone or business using Wi-Fi must take the security of the Wi-Fi Network seriously. Negligence of security and lack of security may eventually lead to Data Loss or Financial Loss through confidential exposed or stolen from user’s device in the network.
Wi-Fi is a wireless network technology that connects devices with the help of a wireless router for internet sharing and network connection purposes. To make a secure Wi-Fi network, each and every computers in the network must be secured separately before connecting them in the network. Basic PC security configuration and application must be apply on computer, i.e: Installation of Antivirus / Malware, Turn on PC Firewall, Internet VPN could also be used if PC is using the internet especially through a new public or untrusted public Wi-Fi network.
Below are detailed information to Secure Your Office Wi-Fi Network:
1. Change your wireless router default username and password
Almost every wireless router come with a default user information that allows users to login to access to router control panel. It is very important to change this default credentials during the first login.
2. Update your Router Firmware
Every routers have a inbuilt configurable software called Firmware which one could use for controlling and managing the network. It is recommended to know How to upgrade Firmware periodically. Information for the updates are usually available on manufacturer’s website.
3. Enable Firewall on Router
To ensure real-time monitoring of a network, security software like Firewall could help stop or alert form of incoming traffic. Ensure the firewall is on router and access point are enabled or use PC inbuilt Firewall, i.e: Microsoft Windows inbuilt Firewall or Third-party firewall for PC.
4. Change or Hide your Default Network name known as SSID
It is also great idea if network ID is hidden, this idea is to hide network from public not to discover they are existing. The first step hackers take to hack a wireless network is to Scan for visible SSID. There are many Wireless Hacking Tools that could discover SSID despite that is it already hidden from the public and other wireless device through router configuration.
5. Use WPA2 encryption protocol to when configuring Wi-Fi password
Securing a Wi-Fi requires encryption protocol as a password used to secure a Wi-Fi network. WPA2 protocol it the latest, recommend and secure encryption used today, WEP is the older and previously used encryption protocol while WPA3 is newly launched protocol but not yet popular.
6. Turn Off WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) is designed for paring a device with an encrypted network as simple as pushing a WPS button on router. If WPS is turned on, it is easy for anyone to connect and have access router.
7. Turn on Mac Address Filtering on Router to protect Wi-Fi Network from unauthorized device
Mac Address Filtering is the application of Device’s MAC addresses on router. Mac addresses are applied directly in the Mac Address Filtering configuration to prevent unlisted device to connect to the access point.
Wi-Fi network attacker motive may include:
Disruption of Network Connection and Communication
Stealing of Confidential Information from Network User
Spying or Information Gathering
Stealing or Destruction of Data
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