Wireless networks have become very popular in today’s market with the continuing increase in technology. A major concern with wireless networks is in fact the security of this feature. Securing wireless networks has become more and more important with the increase in the number of users of wireless networks. It is now simple for the average individual to set up a wireless system at home or at the office. These systems may be within the range of many other potential network intruders with the technology to detect and access the systems.
There are several things you can do towards securing wireless networks. It is common however for many to leave out these steps and just start using the system. The little time it takes to use these security features is time well spent and can be considered to be great preventative measures in protecting your system. The trouble can be encountered if your system is not secure can lead to much more expensive and time wastage.
One of the first steps in securing wireless networks is the changing of the administrative password for the router. This is important as most default passwords are common standards such as password and can be easily broken into. This password protects your router from unauthorized access and can prevent the unauthorized changing of your settings. The next tip for securing your network is not to broadcast the name of your network. The majority of wireless network routers do this and this makes life easier for clients as they can locate the network without having to know the name but this is also an easy way for intruders to detect your network. It is therefore advisable to turn off the service set identifier for your system.
There are normally two encryption types for the wireless systems. These are WEP and WPA encryptions. The WEP encryption is not as strong as the WPA system and this means that the WPA is the better choice. This system provides protection that is easier to use and that is harder to crack than the WEP system. The WPA system is now found built in to many operating systems and all modems for wireless systems. This is a great step towards securing wireless networks.
Another action towards securing wireless networks is the reduction of the wireless routers transmitter power. This has the overall effect of a reduction in the power and range of your signal. It is very difficult to adjust the signal precisely so there is no leakage outside of the required range but with trial and error it is possible to determine approximately how far the signal is leaking and to make adjustments accordingly. This greatly minimizes the opportunity for outsiders to intrude on your network. The disabling of remote administration is also another action that can be taken towards the security of the network.