Over the last 20 years, the world has been transformed into a singular entity wherein everyone, and everything has been progressively connected. With IoT (Internet of Things) and the internet itself taking quantum leaps into unprecedented speed and availability, being connected at all times of the day (and night) has become an absolute necessity. But what really enables this phenomenon? The technology which has facilitated this progress is simply known as WiFi.
The ready availability of WiFi across the board, that is from the moment you leave the sanctity of your home, to the moment you return after a day of work and play, has ensured that there isn’t one moment, wherein we, as individuals, are not linked to other individuals, hence the creation of a web which goes beyond what the human mind can possibly imagine.
This technology enables computers and other devices to connect to the internet in a wireless manner. A hotspot is created through the configuration of a wireless adapter or a router, and anyone within physical proximity would have access to it. At home and at work, the WiFi would be through a closed network, safeguarded by a password. In public places, however, this would not be the case. Such dangers are not to be underestimated.
Public WiFi Network Threats
Access to your information. Due to the lack of authentication needed in public WiFi, an avenue can be created for hackers to access unsecured devices over a network. Malicious users can easily access files through unsecured file sharing.
Malware Distribution. With enabled file-sharing in progress, you can easily be exposed to the risk of malware over WiFi. Hackers can install malware on your device without your knowledge and gain access to your phones, microphone and even your device’s webcam.
Malicious Hotspots. Since anyone can set up a WiFi network, which would be made to look like a legitimate network, using official sounding network names, it is very much a possibility that your private information, including your email, banking, social media and private information are stolen by the malicious hotspot’s owner, resulting in identity theft.
Wireless Sniffing. It is very common for public access points not to be secured, and the traffic not being encrypted. Such a situation puts your online communication and transactions at risk. Through the use of sniffing tools, information such as passwords and credit card numbers would be made available, unless WPA2 encryptions are used.
Staying Safe with Public WiFi Networks
Disable auto WiFi connect. Avoid linking automatically to surrounding networks, especially unknown networks, by disabling this function in your settings.
Verify your connection. When logging into WiFi in public areas such as hotels and airports, make sure to verify the network name with an employee, hence avoiding fake networks which might steal your private data.
Avoid financial transactions. When conducting financial transactions and other very personal business which might include your private data, try to stick to personal and not public WiFi.
Restrict access. Allow only authorised users to have access to your network. Hardware connects to a network through a Media Access Control (MAC) address. Use this MAC address to create a ‘guest’ account, hence creating more control over users and protecting the privacy of your main account.
Protect your Service Set Identifier (SSID). Avoid making your SSID public to prevent outsiders from having easy access to your network. Try to change your SSID to something original and more difficult to preempt. Do not leave it as the manufacturer’s default, as this makes it vulnerable and facilitates potential attacks.
Encrypt the data on your network. Encryption helps to keep individuals with access to your network from viewing your data. These encryption protocols come in various forms such as Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), WiFi Protected Access (WPA), WPA2 and WPA3. Try to go for the strongest option available, which is WPA3.
Use file sharing with caution. Disable file sharing between devices or use with extreme caution. Try to share data only through secure home or work networks. Make sure to have existent passwords and limit sharing to individual items and not to entire drives.
Keep your access point software patched and up to date. Updates are there for a reason. Ensure that all your devices are kept up-to-date with the manufacturer’s latest firmware or software updates or patches.
Connect using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN allows users to access private networks in a secure manner. A VPN protects your online activity and can be compared to the way how a firewall protects data on a computer. VPNs provide functions such as location and IP address concealment, helping against potential hacking and keep out traffic which is not properly encrypted.
Look for the HTTPS. The HTTPS is a sure way of recognising fake and/or unsecured websites. This and the tiny lock icon are sure fail safes to a secure connection.
Change default passwords. Do not rest assured that default administrator passwords are a 100% secure. Such passwords are there to facilitate setup. Be sure to change default passwords at regular intervals. Such a periodic measure is your first line of defence against hackers and/or loss of data.
Turn off WiFi when done. Finally, today’s devices are built in a way whereby they can still transmit data even when not being used. Be sure to disable your WiFi, when not in use, to counteract this possibility.
ISB Technologies: Fearless Protection
ISB Technologies is the failsafe that many have reverted to, to ensure proper and efficient protection of their WiFi services. ISB Technologies provide a factor which is everyone’s main concern – peace of mind. Peace of mind does not come with promises, but with veritable actions which prove themselves over time, over and over, again.
So, what does ISB Technologies deliver to their customers? The answer is simple really. An entire package meant to curtail any possibilities of threats mentioned above, together with all possible fundamentals meant to efficiently block threats from infiltrating your WiFi services.
ISB Technologies starts off with installing a secure WiFi network system which is planned and built to measure and resist the previously mentioned onslaughts which may affect the performance of your setup and your clients. This defensive system comes together with the setting up of VPNs and SSL connections to ensure that precious data is secured and cannot be lost or stolen to third party elements. Protect your guest WiFi users and your company by securing the network and ensuring legal and regulatory compliance. Enable advanced threat protection, or SSL inspection to fit your private or business requirements and acquire the promised peace-of-mind.