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Is Your Home Wireless Internet Secure? How to Secure a Wireless Network


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Almost every home owner these days seems to have their own internet connection source. They may have a cable or DSL connection, but still rely on this to link them up with the outside world. To complicate matters, many home owners are conducting much of their personal business across these kinds of wireless internet sources. It will be essential to learn how to make your home wireless internet secure against all potential attacks. This can be a daunting process for some home owners, especially those that may not consider themselves to be particularly tech savvy. There are a number of people out there who will want to follow this useful guide to get themselves started.

The first thing any home owner should do is make sure that their internet router has been encrypted. This is a fundamental layer of protection that can prevent many attacks from occurring in the first place. If you haven’t done this yet, you may want to talk to your internet service provider to see how it may be done. This process may be a little too complicated for the average computer user to undertake. But knowing that it needs to be done is a vital piece of information. Make sure that you ask your ISP to do this, because it may not happen automatically.

You will also want to take some basic steps to set up a new service set identifier (SSID) for yourself. This SSID will help customize the way that your router information appears on a local network. You may not realize this, but anyone with a wireless internet connection may be able to see the router that you are using. If you customize your SSID, you can at least mark your territory. This is a favorite trick of many people who want to know how to secure a wireless network. This often lets potential hackers know that you have taken some steps to secure the connection. This may encourage them to skip over it and head to the next connection.

Another vital step may be to find a way to disable the SSID broadcast. This can’t always be done with every router that is out on the market. Some manufacturers have disabled this function, because it can be tricky to use. They wouldn’t want you to disable the SSID broadcast, only to find that you can’t find the information yourself. But if you feel tech savvy, you can try to track down a router that lets this happen. You can opt to hide the SSID broadcast, that way hackers won’t be able to even find your home internet source. This may be one of the most effective and basic ways when you want to know how to secure a wireless network.

Finally, you may want to take a look at the different passwords that you can set up for your SSID and internet connection. Try to make this a difficult password for anyone to guess. You will need to treat this much like setting up a password for any other online service. Use a combination of letters and numbers when you generate your code. You also don’t want to make a string that can be easily detected. Take some of these basic steps and you will find that you have done a lot to make your home wireless internet secure for use.

Guest Author:  Sean Coyne is an information systems analyst with extensive experience in risk management and healthcare information systems.

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