Security Corner – Is Your WiFi Secure?

Upgrade to the latest in WiFi security.

If your wireless access point (WAP) is more than 6 months old, it is likely that your WiFi connection is not secure.

It’s easy to breach the original Wireless Protected Access (WPA) standard unless you have a super password with more than 21 characters and words that can’t be found in a dictionary.

And the prior security standard, Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), can be broken through in seconds.

If you haven’t already done so, we strongly recommend you use the latest defense, Wireless Protected Access 2 (WPA 2). Here’s how:

First, download WPA2 hotfix for Windows XP. Also check the “hardware, optional” category to see if you need to update your wireless drivers.

Next, go to the website of your WAP’s manufacturer and update the latest firmware for your WAP. You can find most manufacturers’ websites here.

If your WAP can’t support WPA 2, get a new one. It shouldn’t cost more than $40, and you’ll have far more security and privacy.

Now use your web browser to log into your router’s administration page and change security settings to WPA 2 Personal.

If you’re asked to choose an algorithm, use TKIP+AES. Choose a pass phrase (the best ones are long, with letters and numbers in combinations that can’t be found in the dictionary), save your changes, and you’re done.

About Brent Whitfield

Brent Whitfield is CEO of DCG Technical Solutions, Inc., which provides IT Support in the Los Angeles area since 1993. DCG exists to help our clients choose, implement, and manage IT and cloud solutions that are cost effective and reliable. DCG's pro-active approach to IT is ideally suited for companies who depend on reliable IT infrastructure, but don't want to spend a lot of money to keep it that way. DCG was recognized among the Top 10 Fastest Growing MSPs in North America by MSP Mentor. Brent has been featured in Fast Company, CNBC, Network Computing, Reuters, and Yahoo Business.

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