Secured Wi-Fi

Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2016

With tablets, smartphones, and computers, you are constantly connected. On the bus, at home, at work, at school and even while travelling, you access the Internet through various Wi-Fi networks. What are steps you can follow to protect your data, personal information and devices from malicious attacks? Here are a few ideas to help you enjoy secure use of wireless connections.

Secure your wireless connection: Using an unsecure wireless connection can put your files and personal information at risk; it can open a window to a malicious attempt. When accessing the Internet on your mobile device, only use password-protected Wi-Fi networks.

Fake hotspots may occasionally be created to attack your mobile devices. Protect your account and devices by enabling your firewall and turning off settings that automatically search for Wi-Fi networks.

Pause before you act: Performing important online exchanges such as sending sensitive information and doing banking transactions while connected to a public Wi-Fi connection expose you dangerously. Ensure you are using a secure network to do these types of activities.

Secure your Wi-Fi network at home by:

  • changing the name of your wireless network to something other than the provider’s name or your family name;
  • creating a strong and unique password for your wireless network (see the IT security web site for ways to do this);
  • enabling network encryption which protects your devices against unauthorized third-party software;
  • disabling the wireless network when leaving for extended periods;
  • keeping your router’s software up-to-date.
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