Tips For Safe And Secure Wireless

At home, at work or even at malls, many of us use wi-fi connections everyday. But what’s striking is the fact that 80 percent of users are vulnerable because of the unsecured wireless networks they use. We know for a fact that whenever most people see an “unsecured” Internet access, their face sports a grin at the prospect of using free Internet, but little do you guys know that “unsecured” literally means unsecured—not only are you compromising the security of your computer, but also your personal information through the sites that you visit. And although many do password-protect their home wi-fi, your protection is inadequate; amateur to say the least. If you’re scared (and you should be), follow our tips and stay safe.

While At Public

While using public wi-fi Because it is free and anyone can have access to it, you will be vulnerable to hackers using the same router. In fact, a semi-skilled hacker can get access to the sites that you are visiting and most alarmingly, might get access to your Facebook profile. The first thing to do is to keep your firewall on. The second thing that you should be aware of is the difference between HTTP and HTTPS. All you need to know is that HTTPS is a much more secure version of HTTP. The good news is that most popular email clients use HTTPS by default. The bad news—Facebook and Twitter don’t. This means hackers can hijack your profile and your status updates and tweets. The solution: use “https” before the link. If you want to make your work easier, there are extensions in Firefox and Chrome which will automatically use HTTPS for sites like Facebook and Twitter, keeping those hackers away.

While At Home

So now that you’ve bought your router and proudly use your Facebook while in the loo, but before you do anything else, password-protect your wi-fi. And when we say password-protect, we mean a WPA2 encryption, not a WEP encryption which any one can hack in under five minutes. What’s the difference? You see, whenever your computer sends some data to the router and vice-versa, the data is encrypted with the passkey that you have set up. Basically, only you and your router know the “key” to encrypt and decrypt the data that is sent. Normally, this means other people who do not know the “key” can neither send nor receive information rendering them unable to use the connection. The underlying difference between WEP (Wireless Encryption Protocol) and WPA (Wireless Protected Access) is that while WPA changes those keys dynamically, WEP uses the same keys again and again making it relatively easier to crack the passcode. 

So protect your Internet with passwords and use WPA encryption at that. To do this, access your router (you can do this by using the web address while connected to your router but check your manual for customized instructions) and find the tab where you can set up your encryption type and password. While at it, you can also choose not to broadcast your SSID (the name of your wi-fi connection). This will make the potential hackers unaware of any wi-fi connection around them. If you don’t want to do that, at least change it to anything other than the router brand as broadcasting your brand name will make it a lot easier for hackers. Finally, do change the default username and password of your router as well because if they get access to it, they can change your password and what not. This too can be done by accessing the router.

Source : The Kathmandu Post



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