12 Steps #2: Feb 2018 | WiFi

WiFi is one of the doorways that hackers use to enter into your world of information. There are many ways you can take to secure your wifi. Here are just a couple.

PassPhrase: Instead of using a passWord that averages around ten characters/symbols/numbers, try using a passPhrase that would be much longer and generally easier to remember such as ILikePinkElephants or MyFavoriteCatLovesPizza to which you should still add numbers and symbols to the phrase. This longer passPhrase will make it much harder to hack. Also, switch out certain letters with numbers like: use the number 1 or an exclamation mark instead of the letter l, use an @ symbol instead of the letter a, use a number 3 instead of the letter e, etc. For example: “ILoveEatingTacos” can become “!L0v3E@t!ngT@c0$”.

SSID: The wifi’s “name” is what you select when looking to connect to a wifi network such as “Starbucks Guest” or “Mike’s Wifi”, that wifi name is an SSID (Service Set ID). When you see that SSID on a list of wifi networks, that means that it’s being “broadcast”. There are two steps here you can apply. First step is to change the default SSID that comes with the router like ATT or Charter or TimeWarner etc. If the wifi network displays a default SSID, that tells a hacker that since you haven’t changed it, you might now be tech savvy, and that the router might also still have the default password. Second step is to not display or “broadcast” your SSID, so that it doesn’t show up on a list of available wifi networks.

There is also MAC Filtering, Firewalls, Encryption, WPS, Firmware, and many more. For more ways on securing your wifi network feel free to Contact Us.

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