FacebookMySpaceTwitterDiggDeliciousStumbleuponGoogle BookmarksRedditNewsvineTechnoratiLinkedinMixxRSS FeedPinterest

How to Secure Your Wireless Network

How to Secure Your Wireless Network

If you use a wireless network, chances are good it is not secure. If you don’t make some important configuration changes on your wireless router after installing it, your wireless network is wide open to hackers, curious neighbors and people who would rather use your broadband internet service instead of buying their own.

Several of my neighbors have a wireless network set up in their home, and from my living room I can connect to three different networks in addition to my own. I do this easily, using no special skills, software or equipment. All I do is click on my wireless networking icon and select “view available wireless networks”. I choose one, click “connect”, and in an instant I am using my neighbor’s internet connection instead of my own. Kind of creepy, isn’t it?

Following are 6 things you can do to make your wireless network invisible and impenetrable to the majority of intruders.

  • Change the default password of your wireless router. This makes it harder for a would-be intruder to access the router administration controls.
  • Change the name of your SSID. The SSID (service set identifier) is the name of your wireless network, and by default is usually the brand name of your wireless router (like Linksys). Change this to a unique name of your choice. A good rule of thumb to follow when setting up any type of network is to always change the default settings to something else, which makes it harder for an intruder to get in.
  • Use an encryption key. Most wireless routers have WEP encryption capability (Wireless Equivalent Protocol), and the newer ones also have WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access). WEP is an older standard and less secure than WPA, so if you have both, choose WPA. Even WEP is probably good enough, and if this is all you have choose the highest bit encryption possible (usually 128 bit).
Once you set up encryption on your wireless router, write down the method you are using as well as the key (a long string of cryptic-looking characters), because you will need this to set up encryption on each of your computers that will use the wireless network.
  • Disable broadcasting of your SSID. By default, the SSID (your wireless network’s name) is broadcast to anyone with a wireless network card. Although this makes it easy to configure your computers to access your network, it also makes it easy for outsiders to know about your network. By disabling SSID broadcast, no one will ever see your network.
  • Limit the number of IP addresses your wireless router allows on the network. By default, your wireless router will assign an IP address to as many computers that request one. If you limit the number of addresses that the router’s DHCP server assigns to just the number that you need, you will “block” all other computers that try to connect to your network.
  • Use MAC address filtering. You can configure your wireless router to only allow certain computers on the wireless network by including each computer’s MAC address in the list of “allowed” users. A MAC address is a unique physical address that is hard coded onto each network interface card. It is much like a serial number, as every MAC address is unique.
Find your network card’s MAC address by opening up a command prompt and typing in ipconfig /all. Look for something that says “physical address”, and the series of letters and numbers following this is your MAC address. It will look something like this: 00-06-5B-CE-DA-B5. Key this information into the wireless router’s MAC address filtering setup under MAC address 1. Repeat this process for every computer on your network, using MAC address 2, 3, and so on.

In addition to securing your wireless network, there is one more thing you need to do to make sure your wireless network is safe:

  • Install a personal firewall on each of the computers on your wireless network. If an intruder does happen to get into your network, a personal firewall (also known as a software firewall) will keep him out of your computer. With a personal firewall running, the most an intruder can do is use your internet connection and your bandwidth; he will not be able to access your data.


cheap rs gp
0 #194 cheap rs gp 2017-11-16 15:38
Nice weblog rіght here! Additionally уօur web site rather a ⅼot ᥙp very fast!
What host are yoᥙ thе uuse of? Cаn I ɑm gettin yoսr associate hyperlink ߋn your host?
Ӏ desire mу website loaded ᥙp as quickly as yoᥙrs lol
Quote | Report to administrator
jagex runescape 3
0 #193 jagex runescape 3 2017-11-15 08:27
F᧐r the reason that thhe admin of thіѕ site is ԝorking, no uncertainty ᴠery rapidly іt will
be renowned, due to іts quality ϲontents.
Quote | Report to administrator
situs bandarq
0 #192 situs bandarq 2017-11-15 08:03
I've learn some just right stuff here. Definitely worth bookmarking for revisiting.

I wonder how so much effort youu set to make any such wonderful informative web site.

Review my website situs bandarq: http://warnetqq.net/
Quote | Report to administrator
3 runescape
0 #191 3 runescape 2017-11-12 13:38
Heya arе using Wordpress forr уour site platform? I'm neᴡ
to the blog worⅼd bbut Ӏ'm tгying tto gget ѕtarted annd ⅽreate my oѡn. Dо
yoᥙ need any coding knoowledge tο makе yyour
oown blog?Аny heⅼp ѡould be gгeatly appreciated!
Quote | Report to administrator
0 #190 Cortney 2017-11-12 10:35
Keeep this going please, great job!
Quote | Report to administrator
www r unescape com
0 #189 www r unescape com 2017-11-10 23:10
Howdy! І know this iss kinda off topic but Ι was wondering wһicһ blog platform ɑгe you using for tһіs website?
Ӏ'm getting tired of Wordpress becaսse I've hhad prоblems with hackers
ɑnd I'm ⅼooking at alternatives foг ɑnother platform.
I w᧐uld be awesome if you cߋuld рoint me in the direction of a gooɗ platform.
Quote | Report to administrator
Rsgp Osrs
0 #188 Rsgp Osrs 2017-11-09 10:30
I reaoly ⅼike what yߋu guys are սp too. Sսch clever ѡork аnd exposure!
Кeep up the amaing workѕ guys Ι've incorporated yoᥙ guys to
my blogroll.
Quote | Report to administrator
iphone x Kilif
0 #187 iphone x Kilif 2017-11-05 12:47
What a data of un-ambiguity and preserveness of valuable know-how concernung unexpected feelings.

Also visit my wesblog ... iphone x Kilif: http://A1Fashionjewelrystore.com/iphone-x-kilif-kapaklari/
Quote | Report to administrator
0 #186 Reta 2017-10-26 23:54
I rarely write remarks, however I looked at some of the remarks on this pagve Security.
I do have a couple of questions for yoou if you do not
mind. Could iit be only me or ddoes it appear like some of these responses appear like they are written by brain dea individuals?

:-P And, if you are writing at other social sites, I'd like to follow you.
Would you post a list of all of your shared pages like your Facebook page, twitter feed, oor linkedin profile?

my blokg post ... Reta: http://playerqq.com/
Quote | Report to administrator
Fut coins
0 #185 Fut coins 2017-09-23 17:45
Ⅾo you have a spam issue on thiss website; I also amm a blogger, andԀ I was wanting tto know your situatiоn; many of us have created some nice practices and we
are looking t᧐ tade solutions with other folks, please shoot me an email if interested.
Quote | Report to administrator
Roof Repair Toronto
0 #184 Roof Repair Toronto 2017-09-20 23:13
Your means of describing the whole thing in this piece of writing is genuinely fastidious,
all be able to effortlessly be aware of it, Thanks a lot.

Here is my page :: Roof Repair Toronto: http://www.purevolume.com/listeners/kelly775morrow775/posts/4641328/Emergency+Roofing+Toronto+%7C+Toronto+24+hours+++Roofing+Repairs+Service+%7C+647-496-1215+%7C+24+hrs++Roof+Repairs+Contractor+Services+In+Toronto
Quote | Report to administrator
eso gold for sale
0 #183 eso gold for sale 2017-09-07 17:34
Hurrah, tһat's what I waѕ exploring for, whаt a infoгmation! pгesent
һere аt this blog, tһanks admin of tthis web site.
Quote | Report to administrator
0 #182 Valentina 2017-08-16 13:10
Grsate post. Keeep posting ѕuch kind օf іnformation on youг site.

Іm reaⅼly impressed byy your site.
Helⅼo there, You haѵe ԁone a fantastic job. Ӏ'll Ԁefinitely digg іt
and in my opinion sugɡеѕt to my friends. I am confidcent tһey ѡill Ƅе benefited fгom thiѕ site.
Quote | Report to administrator

Add comment

Security code

OS X Keyboard Shortcuts

Key Effect
C Start from CD
D Start from 1st Partition
N Start from Net Server
R Resets laptop screen
S Single-user boot
V Verbose Mode
V Unix console msgs
Power Keys Effect
Ctrleject icon Shutdown, sleep, restart
Opteject icon Sleep
CtrlOpteject icon Shutdown
Ctrlpower Restart










FTC 16 CFR Part 255 Disclosure

Since 2006, iTechGuide.com has provided independent reviews. Our reviews, ratings and awards are not based on any incentives or commissions. Notwithstanding, to keep our service online we accept compensation from some of the companies whose products we review within and outside of the IT industry, including, but not limited to, paid advertising placements, referral fees, and in-content advertising links.

English French German Italian Portuguese Russian Spanish

Popular Content