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Wi-Fi Security 101: How to Secure Your Wi-Fi from Hacking and Cyberattacks

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Be proactive when it comes to securing your network

Setting up your business’ network might not be a huge ordeal, but maintaining your Wi-Fi’s security is a serious undertaking. It might be appealing to install the cheapest option for your business; after all, you have several costs that you need to account for long-term. But while it might make financial sense short-term, a flimsy connection with minimal security offerings could be a disastrous plan and cost you a fortune down the road. You need solid, proven Wi-Fi to get work done on a daily basis; no matter what line of work you’re in, it’s most likely an essential aspect of your operations. A lot of small and medium-sized businesses don’t have the right resources and in-house personnel to secure their network properly. As hackers continue to target smaller businesses that lack the cybersecurity of a large corporation, you need to take action—that means making sure that your Wi-Fi network security is stronger than ever. If you’re wondering how to secure your Wi-Fi, read on and find out the most essential practices you need to implement right now.

Wi-Fi Security Tips

Move your router to a physically secure location  

This might seem like an elementary-level tip, but simply moving your router to a locked location is a useful precaution for a lot of companies. Part of monitoring your network comes down to how well-hidden it is from random users.

Change the default router login information

Again, it might seem like this should go without saying, but a lot of hacks take place simply because the target didn’t even bother to cover the most basic of functions. If your router comes with a default username and password, it could easily be found on the internet. Make sure you choose a secure password for your Wi-Fi.

Update your firmware and software

The more outdated your technology, the more likely it is to be vulnerable to outside attacks. Take the time to update your firmware and software so that you always have access to specific patches that repel attacks and solve specific, documented vulnerabilities.

Turn off WPS

Wi-Fi Protected Setup, or WPS, makes pairing a device with an encrypted network as simple as possible. While that’s undeniably a helpful thing at certain times, it can be disastrous for your network’s security. Anyone with even momentary physical access to your router can gain access to your network.

The most important thing that you can do for your network is to implement a solution that keeps your Wi-Fi secure under any circumstances. A lot of companies simply install a new network and don’t worry about what’s going to come next; what’s going to set you apart from other businesses (and keep you safe from hackers and other cyber-attacks) is proactively working to ensure your Wi-Fi is safe and your network is running smoothly. Don’t wait until it’s too late—secure sensitive information and ensure optimal up-time today.

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