Even the most non-tech savvy people know that maintaining a secure WiFi network is not a one time action, but an ongoing, dynamic process. Cisco Press says that the recommended network security practice is to secure wireless routers with WPA or WPA2 encryption. However, even the most encrypted WiFi networks can have fatal flaws. Although your business’s best protection is the expertise of a network security expert, there are a few steps that you can take today to protect your WiFi tomorrow.
Change the password
If you have not already followed your CIO’s advice, change your uncomplicated WPA password today. Even if your network is encrypted, a determined hacker can still run cracking software to match words from the dictionary, numbers, and letters to break into your WiFi network.
A strong password should include a combination of capital letters, lower-case letters, numbers, and special characters. Although you do not want to make your WiFi security password so complicated that you can no longer remember it, you do want to make sure that it is too complicated for a hacker to waste their time with it.
Run a security audit
How can you protect your WiFi if you do not even know its current status? PCWorld.com recommends purchasing WiFi security audit software, or to use the one your business should already have and generate a report on your WiFi’s current vulnerabilities. If you don’t know where the holes in your secure WiFi network are, it increases the chances of a hacker finding them.
Send a memo to your staff
Centralized management of network assets allows you to give each user their own unique username and password. If your business already uses this system, enhance your network security today by sending a memo to your staff, reminding them that keeping the company’s secure WiFi network is everyone’s responsibility. Remind them to create advanced passwords and avoid using unsecured network connections.
Update the company firewall
Is your desktop inundated with notification bubbles that remind you to update your firewall? You should listen to them. Your firewall can be your first line of defense against giving access to unintended users. If your company firewall is outdated, you may be leaving the door open to hackers and other unauthorized users to your company WiFi network.
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