Secure Your Wireless Network: Workstations

Since setting up security on a wireless home network can be confusing and time consuming. While it's very important to secure your routers and access points correctly, there are some things you can do with your networking computers as well:

 

Enable Firewalls

Even if you already have a firewall enabled in your router or access point, consider also installing and running personal firewall software on all computers connected to the network.

 

Turn On Encryption

All WiFi equipment supports one form or another of encryption. This helps to keep your personal information safe by scrambling data being sent over wireless networks. Pick the strongest form of encryption supported by your network as a whole and make sure it is turned on.

 

Assign Static IP Addresses

Many home networkers use dynamic IP addresses because they make setup easy. But easy setup for you means easy break in for hackers, who can obtain valid dynamic IP addresses from your network's pool. Instead, turn off DHCP on your router os access point and set up your network using static IP addresses. Set a fixed IP address range and configure your devices to match. You can use a private IP address range (like 10.0.0.x) to prevent the internet from directly reaching computers.

 

Do Not Auto-Connect

Most computers have a setting that allows it to connect to any open WiFi network automatically without your knowledge. While this can seem like a good idea, since it saves you the time of manually connecting when a network is available, it is never a good idea to have this setting on. Connecting to an open network such as a free wireless hotspot or a neighbor's router exposes your computer to security risks. This is especially so if the computer connects to an unknown network without your knowledge.

 

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With the advent of wireless Internet, more and more computer users are entering the world of cyber space.

Yet, while these users are well aware of the importance of the protection of their computer when hooked up to regular internet providers, they are often oblivious to the fact that the same cyber dangers, and in fact even more, exist in the world of WiFi.

What you may not know is that same Internet connection that makes it possible to check your email from the comfort of your bed also makes it easier for hackers to access your personal information.

It is for this reason, the sharing of the wireless Internet connection, that protecting your computer when wireless is even more important than ever before.