Our previous blog outlined the importance of protecting your computer network by implementing a firewall. Protecting your network or device is even more important for those utilizing Wi-Fi to access their Internet service. The convenience of using Wi-Fi is undeniable, since it allows for company members to connect to the Internet anywhere in your office – no wires necessary, but it also provides hackers with an alternative access point. To ensure that your Wi-Fi is secure, we’ve compiled a list of 8 tips for protecting your Wi-Fi network.
- Change the name of your network: The network SSID, or name, is actually part of the security for encrypted network. If your company uses a default Wi-Fi network name, it can make it easier for hackers to quickly guess your password.
- Use a strong password: Having a strong password can prevent hackers from breaking in to your network. Simple passwords can be cracked in a short amount of time.
- Use strong encryption: Enabling Wi-Fi protected access provides stronger encryption.
- Hide your SSID: Your company’s SSID, or network name, can be hidden from the list of Wi-Fi networks that are visible to computer and mobile devices in your area. This is a lighter defense tactic that should be supported by the other security tactics we have listed here, but it will help combat casual hackers (such as the ones looking to piggyback on your Internet service).
- Employ an authentication strategy: Typically, employees all use the same password to connect to the Wi-Fi, which opens the possibility that they may unintentionally share it with others. Consider utilizing a certificate-based authentication mechanism so that each employee has their own log-on credentials.
- Manage the names of networks you’ve connected to: Most devices will remember which Wi-Fi networks you’ve connected to. This may not be a seem like a big problem, but the names of wireless networks may reveal important information, such as the business you work for, hotels you’ve stayed in, or other sensitive information.
- Control guest access: If your business needs to provide guests or visitors with Wi-Fi access, you may want to consider establishing a separate network that has restrictions on what your guests can access. This is especially true in companies that only have one Wi-Fi network password for all employees.
- Manage wireless access points: Ensure your wireless access points use the right security configuration, particularly the access points located in branch offices. Many companies protect their headquarters’ Wi-Fi, but don’t take the time to properly secure their branch office locations.
Ensuring that your company’s data and network is secure on all fronts is an effective way of preventing hackers from infiltrating your system. As more and more companies move online, their data and information is ripe for the picking for cyber criminals. Your company needs to do all that it can to protect itself, including its Wi-Fi.
To learn about securing your company’s network, read our previous blog by clicking here.
Blog author: Vanessa Hartung