Wireless connectivity is great. In fact, in today’s world, it’s a mainstay. Connected devices can go online anytime with reliable speed and at low cost.
If your wireless network at work isn’t properly protected, however, you’re opening your employees and your clients to the risk of hacking, downtime, the loss of intellectual property and more.
Sensitive data can be siphoned right off an unprotected (or inadequately protected) wireless network. But you know this already. Do you know how best to protect your business, though?
Take these 5 steps and you can rest assured that your wireless security will provide the best protection you can get.

Step 1: Change the router login information

This is one of the basics that hackers take advantage of daily, because most businesses skip this step entirely.
Routers come with a default username and password like “admin,” and these credentials are fast and easy for a hacker to figure out.
Set a quality password for your router right now and continue to change it frequently.

Step 2: Update your firmware and software

It’s never at the top of your list, but it’s critical to your network security to update firmware and software regularly on your router.
If you didn’t even know there were updates for routers, yours could be years overdue.
Firmware updates usually self-install once they’re downloaded, so you can take this step in a matter of minutes. Set reminders to check again each six months.

Step 3: Use WPA

To start getting into more technical steps, make sure you use the default encryption protocol “WiFi Protected Access” (or WPA) on your router.
Double check your network settings to update this setting, which is more secure than “WPE” standards on routers from even a few years ago.

Step 4: Set up both private and public access

If you have both employees and clients on your network, you’re in a precarious situation for network security. It’s safer to keep traffic separate so you can make your business connections to the network more robust.
To split the traffic now, use a Service Set Identifier (SSID) to make two separate points of access for your network:
1. One business-grade access point for your employees
2. One public access point for customers

Step 5: Turn Off WPS

WiFi Protected Setup, or WPS, is another acronym you should know. Turn this off on your router, because this setting allows one-push pairing of devices with an encrypted network. Anyone with even a moment of physical access can connect permanently.

When there’s a breach of clients’ personal information and sensitive business data, businesses suffer lost reputation, lost productivity and lost business.
Protect your company by taking these 5 simple steps to secure your network right away.
There’s more than can be done, too, like disabling DHCP and eliminating rogue APs. If that’s starting to sound too technical, contact us for help securing your wireless network.