Advantages of secure Wi-Fi connection:
- The computing device cannot be hijacked.
- The computing device is safe from malicious attack.
- The owner can authorize the users to avail the internet connection facility.
- The restriction on accessibility of a network will result in improved speed.
- Users can rid of unnecessary cables.
Some internet service providers (ISP) do not allow sharing internet connection with those not covered in the agreement. In such cases, the service can be withdrawn. It’s always recommended to secure Wi-Fi connection.
How to secure wireless network?
Step 1- Change the user name of your router. Don’t use your company name or location or other personal details.
Step 2- Change the SSID (Service Set Identification) of your network. This is generally the name of the manufacturer of the router.
Step 3- Turn on the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA). Some routers may have WPE or WPA2. Ensure they should be enabled.
Step 4- Change the default password of the router. The password should be a combination of alphanumeric characters and special symbols to make it strong.
Step 5-Check the router’s configuration settings and disable automatic access of router with other devices.
The completion of these steps ensures that your wireless internet connection is now restricted for outsiders.
Risk of browsing at unsecure networks
Public access points are unsecured WIFI connection. Connecting to such networks is an open invitation to others for accessing your data. Information passed through unsecured network is accessible to all users of the network. It’s safe to encrypt sensitive information, to guard against vulnerabilities while accessing the unsecured Wi-Fi connection.
Few people follow the basic steps to secure Wi-Fi connection. Just invest a few minutes to configure your router and protect the network.