Businesses operate online more than ever in 2020, with it being a necessity for many to properly trade within their sector. But operating online comes with a heap of security concerns that could impact your business.
One of these concerns comes in the form of WiFi hackers who infiltrate your WiFi server.
But you don’t need to worry! The team here at Hedgehog Security has noted these 10 key ways in which you can protect your business from WiFi hackers. Follow this guidance and you won’t have to worry about your WiFi’s security again!
1. Preventing WiFi Hackers: Change The Default Information
This is something few businesses remember to do, but it makes hacking so much harder if you manage it. When you’re given your WiFi router you’ll be provided with default log-in and password information.
You must take the necessary steps to change this information before you start using your WiFi. This is a fairly simple process and will make your WiFi network more secure when it comes to hackers in the future.
2. Keep Your Password Secure
Once you’ve changed your password, you need to make sure it’s secure. When choosing a password make sure that its at least 15 characters and combined of different letters, symbols and capitalization.
This makes it much less likely for a hacker to simply guess your password. But once changed, make sure you only give this password to employees who need it.
Make sure you’re not sending your password over emails or writing it down on paper and leaving this lying around your office. A good way is to write it down, have your employee log-in, then shred this paper to ensure it can’t be used by anyone you don’t want in the future.
3. Keep Your Router Hidden
This is a physical change you can make that can keep your WiFi safer. With a router, there’s often a button that you can push that allows you to reset any log-in information.
If a hacker is in your office space and your router is easy to access, they could use this simple method to access your WiFi network. Make sure your router isn’t in view; you can hide it in a cupboard or another harder to find the area.
As long as the connection remains strong, make sure it is as hard to find as possible for anyone who might try and gain access to your WiFi through this method.
4. Change the Default Name
The default log-in details aren’t the only default information a router comes with. They will also have a default name.
This is usually the make and model of the router itself. This is information you don’t want to give away to a potential hacker.
If they know what router you have, they can research that router and find the best way of hacking into it. But if you change this, they’ll have no idea where to start. It’s a simple and effective way to avoid hackers having enough information to hack your system.
5. Remove Admin Access
With routers, there will often be an admin access option that can override certain configurations. This is to restore control over a WiFi network should anything go wrong.
Unfortunately, if you want to remain secure, it’s advisable to remove this access from your network. This is because if a hacker infiltrates your admin access, they can make all manner of significant changes to your network.
Instead, keep your user details and password secure, and you can still safely use and change your network without having the added safety concern of protecting your admin information also.
6. Use WPA2 Encryption Options
WPAwhat you say? WPA2.
In brief, WPA2 is an encryption option for WiFi networks to use. It’s sort of a sequel to WPA and is a more advanced encryption option.
Encryption ensures that the information you’re transferring through your network is suitably disguised. Some older routers may be operating on WPA, not WPA2, meaning your encryption is outdated.
Make sure you check this and upgrade where necessary. You want the most advanced encryption option available to ensure your WiFi network is kept safe.
7. Get Your Own Firewall Software
With routers, they will usually come equipped with firewall software. But to be safe, you need to install your own firewall software on each computer you’re using to access the network.
This is to ensure that anything you access on the internet or otherwise isn’t allowing access to your network.
A key thing to note is that some router’s firewall software isn’t always automatically enabled. Make sure you check this too so that you have a double firewall up at all times.
8. Public and Private
This is particularly important if you run a business where customers are present in your workspace. You should set up a public and a private network.
That way, members of the public can access your public network, whereas any important business matters are handled through your private option. This keeps your private network separate and adds another aspect of protection to it.
9. Disable Wi-Fi Protected Set-up
Wi-Fi Protected Set-up, or WPS, is something you may have come across in recent years. It’s essentially a push-button that allows you to connect to a WiFi network.
You should make sure you disable this function. That way, only people with log-in and password details are able to access your network.
10. Get Your Network Checked
The best way to ensure your Wi-Fi network is as secure as it can be is to get it checked by security experts.
They’ll be able to conduct various testing programs such as penetration testing and vulnerability assessments, to see where your Wi-Fi is safe and where it might be compromised.
You can then modify your Wi-Fi accordingly.
Where Can I Find Assistance With Wi-Fi Security?
If you’re looking for assistance with Wi-Fi security, the team here at Hedgehog Security can help.
We provide thorough cybersecurity assistance and IT health checks to all of our clients. This means we can diagnose your Wi-Fi’s security levels and assess how safe your business really is from WiFi hackers.
If you want to find out more about how Hedgehog Security can keep your business secure, make sure you contact us directly.
Peter has been in the Information Security world since 1999 and in IT in general since 1996. His work history contains a unique blended balance between the development of exceptional technical capabilities and business knowledge. Peter is a proud father of twins and enjoys GT endurance racing on the weekends.