Share to

Wireless Networking Security

The current trends in both the consumer and business markets shows that the days of web connectivity requiring a physical connection are just about numbered as smartphones, laptops and games consoles all harness the power of Wi-Fi and 3G in order to allow users of a perambulatory bent to take a stroll around their homes or to any corner of the country and still enjoy broadband speeds for net access, downloads and even VoIP calling. With the prevalence of Wi-Fi networks within homes and at places of work there are obviously security issues to confront. This is compounded by the fact that smartphones increasingly store private data of a sensitive nature and leaving them with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled will give cybercriminals a gateway through which serious damage can be done.

Anyone who has ever used a wireless network will know that there are security options in place to keep it out of harm`s way. However, it is necessary to make sure that these are set up correctly in order to ensure that casual hijackers do not compromise your network. If you have a wireless router at home you should be able to alter the security settings from within your web browser of choice. By default most manufacturers offer WEP and WPA encryption on wireless connection.

WEP stands for Wireless Equivalent Privacy and is more than a decade old. WPA stands for Wi-Fi Protected Access and is the more modern of the two, but it still has its origins in 2003. The latter lets you enter your own chosen passphrase which you can share with your family and friends who want to access your network. Of course while it is more difficult to hack this type of encrypted network by brute force, a third party might also be able to guess your password if you make it overly obvious. For this reason it is necessary to think of either a cleverly conceived password that will be difficult to guess or otherwise create a random string of letters and numbers. As long as you leave your code available inside your home then anyone wandering past in the street will not be able to guess it but anyone who you would like to have access to your connection can benefit.

Of course neither of these encryption processes is infallible, but in essence they are designed to keep your connection secure from casual opportunists rather than those who are insistent and knowledgeable enough to make a serious assault against your network. At the other end you might also consider installing security software on any PC or device which is connected to your Wi-Fi network. This will allow you respite from direct attacks via firewalls and antivirus software, keeping your data safe and retaining the integrity of your network. Securing your wireless network need not be expensive or complex and there are plenty of tools out there to make sure that you can protect yourself.

Leave your comment

Please enter your name.
Please enter your email address.
Please enter a valid email address.
Please enter comment.