With the emergence of Wi-Fi, people can access the internet anytime, anywhere, and with any device. Although this network does help move society into modern times, a lot of individuals still get that feeling that unauthorized people are using their connection without their knowledge. Whenever that happens, their bandwidth is being stolen – slowing down their net speed, increasing their internet bill (if they pay per byte), and creates an opportune moment to hack their devices.
Your office spaces, most especially, rely on high-speed internet to get your job tasks done. With that said, it is possible that a handful of people have tried to hack into your network and thought that “sharing” it without your permission is okay. Their interference is hindering you to work in full capacity, and it is costing you money. Moreover, your important files and data can be easily hacked and deleted – which puts a strain on your time and energy.
Luckily, securing your network from the public eye is quite simple. By following these simple steps, you will be able to protect your assets in no time.
First, you need to open up your router’s settings and create a unique password. You can easily do this by typing the default IP address of your router. If you have forgotten what it is or have lost the manual, you can search for it online. If there already is a default password, it is better to change it right away.
By changing the name of your wireless router, it will be obvious which network the person is connected to (This will come in handy, especially if you install software that can detect foreign users).
Encrypting your network will allow you to keep intruders and eavesdroppers out of your network traffic. There are two types you can choose from. The WEP is used for older devices, while the WPA 2 for the newer models.
Devices that can access the internet have a unique MAC address. If one of your devices is connected to your network, other people can invade your Wi-Fi through your phone, tablet, etc. To filter them out, you have to list down the MAC addresses all of your hardware devices that you want to access your network. Add them to the MAC address filtering in your router’s administrative settings. If you are looking for the MAC address of your PC, type ipconfig/all and look at the numbers beside the “Physical Address.”
By keeping your network’s signal at close range, it will be impossible for the people outside your office from even detecting it. You can easily do this by moving the router itself, but be warned. You need to look for a perfect spot that can reach all of your devices, laptops, and computers, in order for it to work efficiently.
Upgrading your router will enable you to get the best security benefits of the current age. Always observe the model you have at hand, and if you believe that your system is too old – change it immediately.
We, at LeBlanc Communications, understand the dangers of cyberspace and want to help offices, businesses, and the like across New York and Connecticut, by securing their networks. We offer various high-quality communication products and installation services that will surely provide the protection you need. Give us a call at: 203-493-0267 or visit our contact page here for further questions and details.