If you do not secure your wireless network, hackers can easily intercept data transmitted on it, as well as access to files stored on your computer. And all this – in the comfortable sofa.
Why should I secure my wireless network?
Most modern computers support the wireless network. In other words, they can connect to the internet (and other devices that support wireless) without a network cable. The main advantage of wireless networking – the ability to work with the Internet anywhere in your home or office (if the distance between the computer and the wireless access to the network).
However, if no steps are taken to ensure the security of the wireless network, the following potentially hazardous situations:
- hacker can intercept transmitted or received by you data;
- a hacker can gain access to your wireless network;
- your point of access to the Internet can be captured by another person.
Consequently, if your wireless network is not secure, a hacker can intercept transmitted data on it to gain access to your network and files on your computer and access the Internet using your connection. The latter is very significant: not only is that an attacker takes your data channel and slows down your internet connection, it also absorbs the traffic that you have paid for and which may be limited by the terms of the provider.
How to secure your wireless network?
Ensure the safety of wireless access and, therefore, to minimize the associated risk of type of access by using the following simple steps:
- Change the administrator password in your wireless device. A hacker can easily find out what the password is the default device manufacturer, and use this password to access your wireless network. Avoid passwords that are easy to find or guess (see the instructions in the section on choosing a password);
- Disable broadcast network identifier (SSID broadcasting; SSID – Service Set Identifier, Network ID) to your wireless device does not broadcast on the air about the fact that it is on;
- Turn on encryption: it is best to use a protocol WPA, if your device supports it (if not, use a WEP-code);
- Change the network identifier (SSID) of your device. If you leave the ID of the default device manufacturer, the attacker to know the identifier, can easily “time” your wireless network. Do not use names that are easy to guess (see the instructions in the section on choosing passwords).
To protect your wireless network:
- change the password of the administrator;
- enable WAP-or WEP-encryption;
- disable SSID and change the default network name of the wireless device;
- The following other tips on how to protect against malware and hacker attacks.