Tips for Enabling WIFI Encryption

Tips for Enabling WIFI Encryption

In order to prevent other computers in the area from accessing your WIFI network and data, you need to encrypt your WIFI signals. You might already have this in-place however it wouldn’t hurt to double check your settings to ensure your protected.

There are several encryption methods for wireless networks, including WEP, WPA (WPA-Personal), and WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access version 2). WEP is basic encryption and therefore least secure and can be easily cracked easily and should NOT be used even though its compatible with a wide range of devices including older hardware. WPA2 is the most secure but is only compatible with hardware manufactured since 2006.

To enable encryption on your Wireless network, open the wireless security settings on your router’s configuration page, from here you can view which security protocol your using; confirm you are only using WPA2.

When settings a passphrase to access the network; make sure to set this to something that would be difficult for others to guess, and consider using a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters in the passphrase.

Fun fact: AirCrack and coWPAtty are some free tools that allow even non-hackers to crack the WEP / WPA (PSK) keys using dictionary or brute force techniques.

 

Read more about the upcoming WPA3 standard, are you ready?

 

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