You get a sense of freedom when you are using your Wi-Fi devices. It does not make any difference where you are, it gives you the ability to access nearly anything. In order to receive the benefits and get to experience it one has to be connected to a wireless network provider in their local area (WLAN). It is important to be always sure that you are using a secure network, though this is not going to be a simple task as fast as the users of Wi-Fi appears to be increasing. A key to understanding what Wi-Fi is would be to have some knowledge about your wireless router configurations, wireless signals, and user connectivity. Also, a little basic knowledge on how the WLAN operates, as well as a few conceptions on data flaws.
Router configuration optimizes the signals of the wireless network, its actual location, and the channels in which the signals use. However, there is a common misconception regarding router configuration, and that is that people seem to think that it only deals with the modification of the security settings, IP addresses, and connectivity options. Some of the security vulnerabilities happen because of the user misconfiguration with the WLAN router and/or wireless adapter to the network on the user’s end. Occasionally, a manufacturer that deals in WLAN security may have issues such as this and may overlook one of its vulnerabilities requiring patching.
How can a person be certain that their WLAN is secure? Nothing is totally secure, and that is why the following tips can be to your advantage.
Here are five tips on how to avoid some common vulnerabilities:
Anytime you are installing (or having installed) a WLAN router, it is important that you reset or update the router’s default settings. It is a big mistake to keep the default settings that came with your new router. That is because routers are, by default, open networks, which make them unsecured. You should use a strong security program that is certified, such as the ‘Wireless Protected Access 2’ (WPA2).
You can choose to use channels fitting your geographic dimensions of your location, which will help to prevent the wireless signal from getting the attention of cybercriminals. It is important that you select the correct channels, avoiding those channels that are the most popular. Cybercriminals could be anyone on your network that you do not know, and even someone you do know – they will get easier to spot as times goes by.
Learn to control those who are also going to be using the network. The WLAN router provides many different ways of controlling access to the network. The network administrator has the ability to grant or deny who accesses the network, and by adding the names of those who can to a white list they will have access, and by adding those who cannot to a blacklist, they will be denied.
Keep your eyes open for what might be convenient access points. Hackers are always on the lookout for easy ways to get into someone else’s computer, they install a wireless access point on a secure network without getting permission to do so. The idea behind this is that the hacker will then wait for other users to come to the network (as it is just a trap) so that the hacker can then get into their computers, etc.
You can monitor and manage the network remotely anytime, twenty-four hours a day. Network monitoring using on-site method is very expensive, however, you can use an alternative referred to as remote monitoring and management. It is a wireless (WSPS) self-protection system that sends alerts instantly, whenever an issue has been detected. It also provides you with the tools to take action immediately, no matter where you may be.