Wireless network protection
Companies must be careful when they set up a wireless network because without proper protection, anyone can hack into it and compromise valuable information. There are several devices like laptops that detect wireless signals and they will automatically connect to them. A single Wi-Fi hub will transmit at a range of 300 feet. Here are a few reasons why you need to secure your wireless protection:
- Data Breech. If you have one small poorly protected access point, a hacker will find it pretty quickly. Credit card information has been stolen before from large retail stores and if your company isn't protected, you could be paying quite a lot of money after they have already stolen it. This can easily cost you thousands of dollars in lawsuits from your customers and you also need to deal with reimbursing the customers.
- The Recording Industry. By now, you have probably heard the government and recording industry is cracking down on illegal copyrighted downloads. If someone has illegally downloaded files and set it up as stolen from your network, you will be answering to the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). This could cause a big lawsuit against your company and possible jail time if they can prove that the downloads were made at your facility.
- Bandwidth. If someone is piggybacking on your network, it's most likely bogging down your download speeds and making it harder for your employees to complete their work. Since you are paying for the high-speed access, you deserve to wait a few seconds for downloads not a few hours.
- Protect your privacy. Do you want the world knowing all your company information? Since you have customer information and your company information, you need to do everything possible to keep it secured. If you store any personal or financial records on a PC, they are at risk for being stolen and someone charging up a bunch of money to your company credit cards.
When too many people are piggybacking on the system, your entire system will run much slower. Simply adding a password to your Wi-Fi connection will block some of the people from stealing your personal information.
Even if you install a password, you may want to consider investing some money into other protection like PureNetworks. This program blocks hackers from infiltrating your system by locking it and automatically identifying when a person is trying to hack into your system. Since you will be notified of the breech, you can quickly change your passwords or cut off their access before they are able to hook into your network.
Another way to add security to your system is to create a unique network name. Far too often businesses and home owners will name the wireless network after their name, instead of doing this; pick a name that doesn't mean anything to anyone. People won't look at it and think this is the Wi-Fi connection to your company. Instead they will look at it and think it's just another connection.
Most computer systems do come with some type of internet security protection. Microsoft has a cookie blocking system which can protect your company from tracking cookies and malware. Use higher settings to protect your company from being infiltrated.
There is another tool you can use called Wi-Fi Protected Access or WPA. This tool strongly encrypts your internet connection and it automatically changes the encryption keys so that hackers cannot get into the system. This system of re-keying makes it much harder for others to piggyback on your system and to gain access to your files. In order to use WPA, you will need to purchase the right type of router with can handle WPA.