While Wi-Fi networks provide many benefits, an unprotected network can result in unauthorized use and potential harm unless certain steps are taken. For this reason, I have listed five ways that you can secure your network today:
- Use Encryption. Using encryption is the most effective way to secure your network from intruders. Encryption scrambles the information you send into a code so that it’s not accessible to others.
- Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA2) is the strongest and will protect you from most hackers. When you have the option, choose a router with WPA2 capability.
- Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) is found on many older routers, but likely won’t protect you from some common hacking programs.
- Remove admin permissions from all user computers. By removing admin access from your users, you will ensure they only install approved applications, and limit malicious software from being installed.
- Never login as a local admin or domain admin at your workstation. If you are the administrator or have an administrator account, do not do your every day work from this account. By using a limited user context, you will limit your exposure to the network being infected.
- Keep your Antivirus and Anti-Malware up to date. What is the use of Antivirus if you don’t update the signature database? Make sure your detection software is paid up and updates are automatically downloaded.
- Use two factor authentication. This adds an extra step to your basic log-in procedure. When you have to enter only your username and one password, that’s considered a single-factor authentication. Two factor authentication requires the user to have two out of three types of credentials before being able to access an account, such as a PIN, phone number, fingerprint, etc.
- Google two factor
- Apple iCloud
In some cases, unauthorized users may be able to access your private information, view the content of transmissions, download unlawful content using your network or infect computers with viruses or spyware. Unauthorized users may also cause harm beyond your computer or network, such as sending spam, spyware or viruses to others, and the activity can be traced back to your network. Businesses are very vulnerable to attacks, but yours doesn’t have to be!
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