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Wireless security checklist

Wireless networking takes place through information exchange over radio waves.  Though this setup is considered as more convenient than traditional wired connections, wireless networks are more susceptible to intruders.  Implementing various wireless security settings will help avert wireless network interception from transpiring, they can perform several steps to keep their network stable and secure.

This article will provide a checklist of the things that you should take note when setting up your wireless network.

Change the wireless network name and password

All wireless routers have a default name for their wireless network.  This is also known as the Service Set Identifier (SSID).  As for Linksys wireless devices, the default SSID would be “linksys”.  It is advisable to change the SSID of your device as soon as possible to distinguish your network from other networks around you.

IMPORTANT:  Make sure that your wireless network name (SSID) and wireless network password are not similar.  The wireless network name is broadcasted among all users in the network.  Using it as a password may serve as a hint for potential hackers.

Change the router’s administrator password

If you want to modify the settings of your device, you will need to access its web-based setup page.  By default, the password of the web-based setup page is “admin”.  To ensure that none of your router settings will be changed without your consent, it is recommended to change it as soon as possible.  For instructions on changing the router’s administrator password, click here.

Enable the wireless network password

When network encryption is enabled, a wireless network password will serve as the protection for all the data that is transmitted across the network.  The highest level of encryption that is available would be the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA-2).  But for devices such as WRT- or BEF- routers though, the only encryption available would be the Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP).

Here are some reminders in enabling wireless security:

•   Set a password for ALL connected computers in your network.

•   You may also set individual passwords for exclusive files within your network.

•   Change your password frequently.

•   Install anti-virus and firewall software.

•   Double check the file sharing features within your network. Some applications are capable of file sharing even without your
    approval.

For instructions on setting up a wireless network password, click here.

IMPORTANT:  A wireless network password is different from the router’s administrator password.  The wireless network password is used to connect to the wireless network while the router’s administrator password is used for accessing the device’s web-based setup page.

Enable Media Access Control (MAC) Address filtering

The MAC address refers to a unique series of numbers and letters that is designated to any networking device.  Your device is capable of filtering MAC addresses.  Enabling the MAC address filter feature would give you control over those who have the capability to access your network thus reducing the number of unwanted guests.  
 

Other Things to Remember:

•   Make sure to take note of all your wireless network details in case you need them for future use.

•   Power OFF your device when not in use.



Related Articles:

Accessing the setup page of the Wireless-N Ethernet Bridge
Setting up a Password for the Linksys Wireless Bridge
Setting-Up the Wireless Settings on a Router

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