Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

Shop online 24hrs a day or call us Mon-Fri
8:30AM-4:30PM EST - 1-800-915-2088
WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me
looking for freeware

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

More on Wireless Security

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007 by | Filed Under: Security Help
 
Loading...


More on Wireless Security

Having a wireless network (also known as WiFi) is a great way to have networking and Internet connectivity anywhere in your home. Just hook up a wireless router and once and for all, you can be done with all of those dreadful cords! But, along with that router comes a greater security risk. Since you’re able to connect to the Internet anywhere around your house, others can get in on your wireless network as well. Well, today, I have a few tips that will help ensure that only authorized systems can connect to your wireless network. Here we go!

First, if you’ve never looked at your wireless router’s set up utility, I recommend you pull out your router’s manual and learn all about it. Every router is a little different, but the following tips will work on most of them.

Tip #1 – Turn On Your Wireless Security

This is usually known as encryption and it is the very least you should do to secure your wireless network. There are several types of encryption methods that can be used on a wireless network. Inside your router’s set up utility, you will be given a choice. The most common ones are WPA-TKIP or WEP. Either of those types will have you set up a password for your wireless access. Make sure you write that password down or at least the string of letters and numbers provided for you. Once you save the settings, log back in to your wireless network. You will then be asked to enter the password you just created. With the encryption turned on, only the people who have that password will be able to gain access to your wireless connection.

Tip #2 – Turn Off the SSID Broadcast

Your router sends out the name of your wireless network for other computers to find. In a way, it’s very convenient to be able to pick your network from a list, but that’s not always the safest way to go. If someone is looking to connect to a wireless network, they can only connect to the ones they see. Since your router is sending out the name, anyone is able to see it. But, if you turn the SSID broadcast off, your network will not show up on the list of available wireless networks. Doing that will make your network very secure, but make sure you know the name of your network before you do this. After turning the SSID broadcast off, you will have to manually enter the name of your network on your computer in order to connect to it.

Tip #3 – Filter Your MAC Addresses

Each computer has its own unique ID number built into it. That is called the MAC address. If you know the MAC addresses of the computers on your network, you can tell your router to only allow a connection with those certain ones. That way, no other systems will be able to connect to you, because they are not on the list.

If you put these three security tips into play, no one will be able to get into your wireless network. Until next time, stay safe out there, my friends!

~ Gary

Comments are closed.

Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.


Enter Email Address:

Subscribe

Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup



Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Subscribe


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

looking for freeware
WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive


Categories:
Archives: