How to Protect Your Wi-fi Connection

“Internet safety needs to be more widely known” (Richard Stallman the inventor of GNU/Linux open source OS). Computers and technology are advancing faster and faster, so we need to take a step back and evaluate how we should keep ourselves safe online. This is even especially true because everyone uses the internet – even people who don’t have any clue what they are doing. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to makes sure your wi-fi connection is safe and secure.

You should invest in a VPN for wi-fi because there is no excuse to not be using a VPN when you are online, especially when using public wi-fi. VPNs make your online safety increase exponentially. Hackers can easily access your information in a reletive cheap and simple technics.Like that they can get into your network when you are on pubic wi-fi without using a VPN. You may think that you aren’t a target or that hacking won’t happen to you, but it very easily can. Make sure to access important information when at home on a private network and with a VPN for maximum security.

The network name is also known as the SSID or a service identifier. It is one of the most basic wi-fi network settings. Using too common of a name can be dangerous to internet users. Common or obvious names to steer clear of are “wireless network” of the vendors default name. This makes it easier for hackers to figure out the personal mode of WPA or WPA2 security. This is a tip that is easy to change and can add an extra layer of protection to your wi-fi connection.

Naming the SSID a company name or last name isn’t a good idea either. This means the network is easily identifiable. Having your SSID as a name of the company in an office building or another shared area is especially a bad idea because it makes nearby networks also more hackable. Hackers also might look for addresses in a shared area because it’s easier to access many at once.

Most access points (APs) have a reset button that someone can press to restore factory default settings, removing the Wi-Fi security and allowing anyone to connect. Thus, the APs distributed throughout your facility need to be physically secured as well to prevent tampering. Ensure they are always mounted out of reach and consider using any locking mechanisms offered by the AP vendor to physically limit access to the AP buttons and ports.

Another physical security concern with Wi-Fi is when someone adds an unauthorized AP to the network. Some people do this because they want to add more Wi-Fi coverage, or for negative purposes by an employee or even an outsider who gains access. To prevent these rogue APs, ensure that you disable unused Ethernet ports.

The best way to ensure you are protecting your w-fi connection is by making sure you follow these steps. Another thing to do is make sure you are educating those around you who also use the internet.