How to Protect Your Wireless Network
As an IT professional, it is important for you to protect your customers' wireless networks from unauthorized access and potential security threats. Most businesses have a multitude of devices running on a single network, from desktop computers and laptops to smart phones and other mobile devices. Learn how to keep your customers' devices, servers and files safe from security threats.
How to Secure a Wireless Network
According to Federal Communications Commission, "While Wi-Fi networks provide many benefits, an unprotected network can result in unauthorized use and potential harm unless certain steps are taken. In some cases, unauthorized users may be able to access your private information, view the content of transmissions, download unlawful content using your network or infect computers with viruses or spyware."
There are several basic measures you can take to help secure a wireless network, including:
- Turn on the firewall
A firewall is a network security system that controls incoming and outgoing network traffic based on specific guidelines. Most wireless routers contain built-in firewalls, but since the firewall may be turned off, it is important to verify that the firewall is activated.
- Turn on encryption
Encryption is the most effective way to achieve data security, according to Webopedia. Turning on your router's encryption setting and adding a long wireless network password will help protect your network from unauthorized access.
- Never use the default password
Most routers come with a default service set identifier (SSID). It is recommended that you change the SSID to protect your organization's privacy.
Protect Your Wireless Network With SolarWinds MSP
The IT service management platform from SolarWinds MSP (formerly LOGICnow) helps MSPs and IT professionals better manage customer IT networks and gain more control over customer machines and applications. Our cloud-based platform enables you to track IT assets, manage product updates and protect customer networks from potential security threats — all from a centralized dashboard.
With SolarWinds MSP, protecting your customers' wireless network is simple, effective and secure. Some of SolarWinds MSP's security features include:
With a secure wireless network managed by you and SolarWinds MSP, your customers can store and share files with minimal security risks. You can even try out SolarWinds MSP's security solutions for free! Sign up for your free trial today!