A wireless Local Area Network (LAN) changes the way you connect to networks inside a home or office by enabling network communications to occur over the air. While the end-user benefits include greater mobility and flexibility, wireless LAN also adds many security threats. An unsecured high speed connection is a likely target to these threats, and as a customer, you are responsible for any traffic passing through your network.

Why you should secure your wireless network?
Hackers and identity thieves are targeting home wireless networks more than ever, looking for people that have simply plugged in their wireless router and not taken steps to protect their network.

By not protecting your network, you are exposing your passwords, credit card numbers, and your bank account information over your wireless network. Additionally, people may use your service without your knowledge to illegally download movies, music, pornography or other copyright protected material. If that occurs, you can still be blamed for the illegal downloads.

Wireless Security Threats
•    Eavesdropping – An attacker intercepts the transmission over the air from a distance away from the premise, gaining access to privileged data like passwords, credit card numbers, or bank account information.
•    Tampering – An attacker modifies the content of the intercepted data, resulting in a loss of data integrity.
•    Unauthorized Access and Spoofing – An attacker gains access to privileged data and resources in the network by assuming the identity of a valid user.
•    Denial of Service – An intruder floods your network with either valid or invalid messages affecting the speed and bandwidth of your connection.

Wireless LAN Security Options
The following options are available to secure a wireless network:
•    WPA/WPA2 – Also known as Wi-Fi Protected Access. Designed to enhance security.
•    MAC Address Filtering – A Media Access Control filter permits or denies access to specific and unique addresses that are built into any network card. This will prevent unauthorized computers from connecting to your network.
•    Disable SSID Broadcast – The Service Set Identifier is your network name. By disabling the indentifier, you require each authorized computer to enter the SSID manually in order to connect to your wireless network.

Swiftel Communications has wireless routers available for purchase and upon request will assist with installation and configuration of the router.