How To Secure Your Company’s Wireless Internet

Internet security becomes increasingly important as the threats to your system grow. Malware, spyware, adware, viruses and hackers are detrimental to your hard drives, and have the potential to steal and take advantage of personal information, as well as other documents stored within your computer and on your network. To combat these issues there are several tips and techniques to ensure the safety of your company’s wireless Internet.

  1. Do Not Use The Default Password

It is prudent to security that you change the password that allows access to your router and wireless Internet from the default the manufacturer has set to something only people with proper authorization know. Hackers are able to obtain information surrounding the passwords associated with specific manufacturers; however, by changing the password to something new you are building up your security’s defenses and making it a little more difficult for someone to gain access to your network. In addition to this, all routers have different types of encryption that in turn require different types of passwords. For businesses it is recommended that the WPA2 encryption is used as it is the hardest for a hacker to break.

  1. Turn SSID (Service Set Identifier) Off and Change SSID Name

SSID prompts your computer’s system to broadcast where it is, in a way that tells the outside world its location and network name, and enables hackers to know important information regarding your wireless Internet. By turning this off, you are effectively cloaking your network and helping to prevent minor attacks on your company’s system. Changing the SSID name to something that is not common is also important to promote a healthy wireless network. Hackers have developed what is referred to as a “rainbow table,” which allows them to access WPA passwords that are normally associated with common SSID names. Which means that the more unique that your SSID name is, the more difficult it will be for hackers to take advantage of your network, as they will have to adapt their methods in order to infiltrate your wireless Internet.

  1. Use Mac Address Filtering

All devices that have the capacity to connect to the Internet have what is referred to as the “physical address” or the MAC (media access control) address. Routers have the ability to filter through devices and allow only wireless access to the MAC addresses that its system recognizes, those that you have pre-programmed. The benefit of this is immediately apparent, as your router will only grant access to specific devices that are known to both it and you.

  1. Enable Your System’s Firewalls and Use Anti-virus Software

In addition to the firewall that is on your computer, the wireless router that you have will also contain a built in firewall. Sometimes when these devices arrive, their default settings have these firewalls turned off. However, it is important that the firewalls are enabled because it acts as a barrier between intrusions that could be harmful to your wireless Internet and the personal information that is stored within your hard drive, and your company’s network. It is also important that all computers and devices that are allowed to access your network are protected by anti-virus software. By preventing these devices from being susceptible to outside attacks, this software will ensure that the network as a whole remains safe. Once a virus enters one device it will have an easier time infecting the surrounding devices that share the same wireless Internet, so making sure that each individual device is secure is prudent to the network’s overall security.

Maintaining a healthy wireless network is a result of a combination of steps and programs all working together to build a strong line of defense. Taking the time to guarantee that your router is working efficiently to promote security and is running in a way that does not put your network at risk is important. By following these tips, you are verifying that your company’s wireless Internet remains secure and protected from all outside threats.