Five Wi-Fi Security Practises You Need To Adopt In 2016

All businesses require Wi-Fi in some shape or form; from offering free Wi-Fi for customer use, to managing appointments online, to storing important files on stock and such like. However, are you certain that you are using your Wi-Fi network securely?

Let 2016 be the year that you sharpen up your Wi-Fi security practises. After all, you don’t want to put yourself at risk of getting breached or getting onto the wrong side of the law for failing to be compliant. A lot of businesses are doing this without even realising it. With that being said, read on to discover some of the key things you need to be doing this year:

Use a sophisticated firewall – You need to have a firewall in place for end-to-end protection. However, don’t just choose any old firewall, as some do not have the capacity to offer the level of security your business needs. Make sure you select a sophisticated solution.

Do not broadcast the name of your wireless network – The SSID, which is the name of your wireless network, should never be broadcasted. Moreover, you should make it a name that is not easy to guess. There are many business owners that choose the name of their company – this is not advised.

Keep your anti-virus software up to date – There are many companies that download anti-virus software and then simply forget about it. However, if your software is not up to date, then it is not going to be effective in keeping the likes of Trojans, worms, and viruses out. So, update your software whenever prompted – don’t keep putting it off.

Use two-factor authentication – Nowadays, a password is no longer enough. You need to use two-factor authentication for everything that is stored on your network. This involves adding another layer of security; for example, once someone has entered his or her password you can then request that they enter their mobile number, a code will be sent to their phone and they will need to input this. The problem with passwords is that they are often easy to guess and people are not always responsible in keeping them a secret. However, you still need to brief your employees about using strong passwords and protecting themselves online.

Use encryption – This is a must. You need to encrypt all confidential data, including passwords, payment information, and any other data that is sensitive to your business. Encryption essentially turns all of your data into a language that cannot be read. However, you should avoid using WEP, as cyber criminals can easily crack this. Instead, make use of Wi-Fi protected access, i.e. WPA and WPA2.

So there you have it; five basic yet essential security practises that all businesses need to adopt this year. It doesn’t matter what you use your Wi-Fi network for, you need to do all in your power to protect yourself from a breach.