Wireless routers allow computers to communicate to each other using a radio link, similar to walkie talkies or cordless phones. Unfortunately this means anyone within the range of the wireless router can pick up the signal.
- There are three main risks to wireless networks:
- Eavesdropping: In order to stop people from accessing your private network and seeing your personal information from a remote location, it is vital that your network is encrypted.
- Hacking: You need to restrict your network to outside users and computers. Hardware firewalls can help prevent hackers from breaking into your system.
- Freeloading: Some people will use your paid for bandwidth as their free broadband connection.
- How to protect your wireless network:
- All wireless routers supplied by Madasafish support WEP and WPA encryption. If you are purchasing wireless accessories from a third party we strongly suggest that you select hardware which will allow you to use WPA encryption. Make sure that every computer on your network has a software firewall installed and use a strong password for your wireless key.
For a security solution that includes additional online security Madasafish recommends the following software: