Easy to follow 10 step to a secure Wi-Fi
Wifi networks are very important source of getting online and data-sharing today, especially Wi-Fi are all the more important. Wi-Fi security is a very sensitive issue. Explore easy to follow 10 tips to a secure Wi-Fi:
1. Hide or ‘obscure’ your SSID:
SSID (service set identifier) is the first face of your network. If there are only a handful of users, then better hide it completely but if users are not defined i.e. keep on changing then it is better to name your ID such that it is not an announcer of your real identity. It is to say that do not name it after your company/product name or your address. You may be thinking that it does not sound very tricky but believe me when I say that it contributes a lot to safety of your Wi-Fi.
2. Encrypting wireless Access points:
Many wireless networks are found to be wide open for anyone to join and stay as much as they like, doing and spying on whatever they want! The first step towards consciousness is to lock down your MAC addresses and using WPA2 encryption. This makes up at least for half the intruders around.
3. Secure your Web Management Interface:
Most of the routers have a Web management Interface. If your router has it, disable access from outside network immediately and change the default admin password too. Of course, one would not like to see an intruder coming and changing your settings to his/her own will and checking your log files!
4. Anti-virus, anti malware protection:
It is recommended to deploy the strongest auto updated anti virus and malware for maximum protection. Never run files downloaded from the Internet without scanning them for virus first.
5. Use a VPN:
If your ISP offers such an option, use a VPN for access back to your local LAN or your remote Web server.
6. Scan for breaches in your Web Servers:
If you host web servers on the internet, make sure to scan regularly for any security lapses or intrusions. There are many sites and softwares that help in this. Keep on changing your access passwords too, to be more certain.
7. Disable file/print sharing:
In many of the home networks and almost all of the business networks, it is a common practice. You do not it on each and every device connected to the network and it is especially vulnerable to use on laptops and such devices that go outside premises often.
8. Disable WEP Encryption
Disabled the outdated WEP encryption protocol. It can be cracked by hackers easily with automated software in as short as 1-2 mins time.
9. Disable WPA Encryption
WPA 1 Encryption is as well subject to several man in the middle attack vectors and can be compromised it should be disabled.
10. Deploy more stronger WPA2 encryption with a strong Password key
It is recommended to disable WPS, WPA, WEP and run the more secure WPA2 encryption with a strong 10+ characters key set.
Also disable SSID broadcasting.
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