Wireless Security Primer – Key Terms

All devices on your wireless home network must use the same settings as your Wireless Router. WEP encryption is recommended to increase the security of your wireless network.

SSID
The SSID is the unique name shared among all devices in a wireless network. The SSID must be identical for all devices in the wireless network. It is case-sensitive and must not exceed 32 alphanumeric characters, which may be any keyboard character. I recommend that you change the default SSID to a unique name of your choice.

SSID Broadcast
Disabling SSID broadcasting can be a useful security feature. However, when SSID broadcasting is disabled, Wireless site survey tools such as Windows XP’s Zero Configuration utility will not function. It is best to disable the SSID broadcast AFTER you have configured all of your wireless network clients.

Channel
This setting specifies the default 802.11b channel used by the Wireless LAN communication. Wireless clients will scan through all available channels searching
for an Access Point.

With the new increased speeds, it’s now possible to stream all sorts of content directly to wireless connected devices not just those hard wired. For example you can stream high definition media across a properly configured wireless network to a myriad of devices. Try signing up for the free trial of BBC iPlayer abroad and you can gain access to thousands of shows and programmes on the BBC network. The following video demonstrates how simple it is:

WEP
An acronym for Wired Equivalent Privacy, WEP is an
encryption scheme used to protect your wireless data communications. WEP uses a combination of 40-bit keys to provide access control to your network and encryption security for every data transmission. To decode a data transmission,
each wireless client on the network must use an identical
64 or 128-bit key.
Note: Disable WEP while you build your wireless home network

Quick Tip: Buy an access point with a firewall installed – and don’t turn it off.

Additional Network Security Rules to Remember

  • Look for the SSL-enabled (Secure Sockets Layer) The leading security protocol on the Internet. When an SSL session is started, the server sends its public key to the browser, which the browser uses to send a randomly generated secret key back to the server in order to have a secret key exchange for that session.
  • Whenever you exchange sensitive information. this is usually indicated by a pad lock or some other visual indicator at the bottom of your browser also look for the URL in the browse window that starts with https:// – If a web page offers a secure version of the service use it. Always use secure, since it uses SSL encryption
  • Don’t use insecure email protocols like POP (Post Office Protocol) A standard mail server commonly used on the Internet.
  • Or IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) A standard mail server expected to be widely used on the Internet unless you also use SSL encryption. Check you email software and consult you administrator for more information. Usually web based email has a secure connection, but just check to make sure it start https://
  • Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) if your company provides one.

Quick Tip: One of the easiest things you can do to protect your wireless home network is to change the default configuration settings on your router

Useful Links on Private Proxies for Instagram: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwPeaN6EfRs

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