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Wireless security checklistMany people setting up WiFi home networks rush through the job to get their Internet connectivity working as fast as possible. This is quite risky as many security problems can result.

Today’s wireless networking products don’t always help the situation as configuring their security features can be time-consuming and non-intuitive. The tips below go over the steps you should take to improve the security of your home wireless network.

  • Change the default wireless  settings

You can read about changing default setting (username, password ans SSID) here :
http://www.security4wireless.com/always-change-your-wireless-default-settings/

  • Enable WPA / WEP encryption

All wireless equipment supports some form of encryption. Encryption technology scrambles messages sent over wireless networks so that they cannot be easily read by humans.

Many encryption technologies exist for Wifi. Of course you will want to pick the strongest encryption that works with your network. However, the way these technologies work, all Wifi devices on your network must share the the same encryption settings. Consequently you may need to find a “lowest common demoninator” setting.

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default passwordChange your default username and password :

Most of wireless access points & routers permit an admin to manage their WiFi network through a special admini account. This root account provides complete superuser access to the device’s configuration settings with a special username and password.

Manufacturers set both the account user/pass at the factory. The username is often basically the word admin or administrator. The password is typically empty (blank), the words “admin,” “1234,” or “password,” or some other simple password.

To improve the security of a wireless network, you ought to change the administrative password on your wireless access point or router immediately when installing the unit.

The default passwords for popular models of wireless network gear are well-known to hackers & often posted on the Net. Most devices do not permit the administrative username to be changed, but if yours does, you have to change this name too.

Finally, to maintain home network security in the future, continue changing this root password regularly, not three times. Lots of experts recommend changing passwords every 30 days. Use words that would be impossible for others to guess.

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