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Friday, March 04, 2005

Several co-workers have approached me with inquiries about setting up home Wi-Fi networks. The huge concerns emanating from the group seem to be security. Of course, these are the same people who balk at installing any form of a firewall on their home network, so why this form of security is a sudden concern is beyond me, but I digress.

So, as a public courtesy, I thought I would link to The Houston Chronicle, which has some easy steps for securing your Wi-Fi network:

First, you should block people by MAC (media access control) address. Each computer or wireless card has a specific number, and your wireless router is equipped to only allow access to the machines listed.

You also can encrypt the signal by using WEP encryption.

And, finally, you also should change the user name and password on the router. And turn off the SSID transmission, which would keep most users from even knowing you have a wireless router.

All of these things are accomplished at the router, and each company has a nifty little tool to allow easy access to this information. Follow the above steps, and you can rest easy knowing that your geeky neighbor isn't funneling your bandwidth into his basement.


.: posted by Dave 11:03 AM

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