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Sunday, March 28, 2010

WiFi at home : Take precautions

1. Accessing WiFi at home is no more limited to tech geeks as the simple configuration has made it accessible to even a layman who hardly has any know how of how it works and what are the dangers floating around if he goes with the default settings.The two year back case of a hacker emailing from an open WiFi account in Mumbai reflects the deep dangers associated with such mishaps.Following are a set of desirable config changes any WiFi account holder at home and office whould take care of while configuring.....

Step 1: Change the default password

Step: 2: Change the default IP address

Step 3: Disable the DHCP service

DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) enables remote computers connected to the router to obtain an IP address and join the network without needing to know the IP and router address information. This is a simple and effective way of keeping intruders away. As far as possible, set up the computers on your network with static IP addresses. If you still want to use DHCP to make your own configuration easier, restrict the number of DHCP IP users to the number of computers on your network. For example, if you have five laptops running on the network, limit the DHCP IP addresses to 5 from the default 50.

Step 4: Restrict the network mode

Step 5: Change the default SSID

Step 6: Opt for WPA2 or PSK security over WEP

Step 7: Enable the MAC Filter

Step 8: Use the router’s firewall

Step 9: Use Internet Access Policies

Step 10: Disable remote administration

Step 11: Switch off the router when not in use

Step 12: Disconnect the Internet when not needed

Step 13: Position your router carefully

Step 14: Update the router firmware

Step 15: Scan for signal leaks from time to time

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