Wireless Safety

Wireless Safety

If you are using a wireless network like Broadband or other Wi-Fi devices then-

  1. Change Default Administrator Usernames and Passwords: The default username and password provided by the manufacturers must be change after first login for security.
  2. Change the Default SSID: Access points and routers all use a network name called the SSID and Manufacturers normally ship their products with the same SSID. So Change that default SSID provided by the manufacturers immediately when configuring wireless security on your network. This is for your own security.
  3. Disable SSID Broadcast: The SSID is a unique name to identify the ADSL Modem in the wireless LAN. Wireless clients associating to the ADSL Modem must have the same SSID. Select No to hide the SSID such that a station cannot obtain the SSID through passive scanning. Select Yes to make the SSID visible so a station can obtain the SSID through passive scanning.
  4. Turn on (Compatible) WPA / WEP Encryption: Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) is a wireless standard created to improve the security features of the earlier Wired Equivalent Protocol (WEP). WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) encrypts data frames before transmitting over the wireless network. Select enable to protect all wireless computers to communicate with the access points without any data encryption.
  5. Enable MAC Address Filtering: MAC addresses associated with the wireless stations access to the ADSL Modem. Use the drop down list box to enable or disable MAC address filtering.
  6. Do Not Auto-Connect to Open Wi-Fi Networks: Connecting to an open Wi-Fi network such as a free wireless hotspot or your neighbor's router exposes your computer to security risks. Although not normally enabled, most computers have a setting available allowing these connections to happen automatically without notifying you (the user). This setting should not be enabled except in temporary situations.
  7. Assign Static IP Addresses to Devices: Turn off DHCP on the router or access point, set a fixed IP address range instead, then configure each connected device to match. Use a private IP address range (like 10.0.0.x) to prevent computers from being directly reached from the Internet.
  8. Enable Firewalls On Each Computer and the Router: Modern network routers contain built-in firewall capability, but the option also exists to disable them. Ensure that your router's firewall is turned on.
  9. Position the Router or Access Point Safely: Try to position access point or router at the center of the home rather than near windows to minimize leakage.
  10. Turn off the Network during Extended Periods of Non-Use.

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