Securing your wireless network

Networking

One of the most common mistakes made by people who set up a wireless network at home is leaving that network unsecure. An unsecure network allows other people with a WiFi device to join your network, leech off the internet connection and also access files from the computers that are legitimately part of the network.Thus, it is important to secure a wireless network so that it will deter hackers and leechers from using the internet resources that they are not authorized to use.

The following are some of the steps that should be taken in order to secure a wireless network.

• Look at the antenna placement – try to place the antenna of the access point in a manner that will limit how far the signal will be transmitted beyond the intended coverage area. As such, do not put the antenna near a window because the glass pane will not hinder the signal. As a rule of thumb try to place the antenna at the center of the area you want to cover but keeping in mind that there is as little signal leaking happening.

• Use WEP or Wireless Encryption Protocol — This is a standard method of encrypting traffic through a wireless network. It may not a really strong form of encryption but it is enough to deter casual hackers.

• Change SSID and disable broadcast – Change the SSID from the default to something that is harder to guess. Also uncheck the broadcast option so that the network will not appear in the list of available networks.