WEP, WPA, WPA-PSK, WAN, WLAN, even port forwarding are all very confusing concepts without a solid networking background, but they are all critical elements to understanding how to optimize your home network. If, after reading SecureWiFi's easy to follow guides on how to setup a secure wireless network you would still like some help, please contact us and we will do our best to assist you. [CHARGES MAY APPLY]
Why are Routers so Important
When people think about network and internet security, they usually presume that anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall software are the best possible weapons to choose when trying to keep at bay anyone trying to exploit their machines. In reality, your wireless router is your first and maybe your strongest defense, although it rarely gets the credit it deserves. If you only caught a glimpse at the raw data coming in through your broadband connection, you would be amazed by how much background noise is bombarding your internet connection non-stop. Malicious scripts, viruses and malware form an impressive network through their already built nests on unpatched and unprotected computers from all-over the world, just searching for the next vulnarable target to envade and exploit.
Before Windows XP Service Pack 2, computers often became infected due to these exploits simply because they were left on, and were connected to the internet. But with the Windows XP Service Pack 2 also came the Windows Firewall and all that was changed. The firewall is now a default feature in Windows and although it may no be the best there is, it still drops most unsolicited traffic coming through your connection. This is enhanced by many Anti-virus programmes (where they include a firewall component).
You can think of your wireless router as an evolution from this basic concept, and it actually makes for one of the strongest and most reliable firewalls money can buy. By creating an invisible barrier between your devices and the internet, wireless routers drop unexpected incoming traffic and are much less vulnerable to exploits seeking to create holes in your defenses. A good wireless router not only drops unexpected traffic, but it also denies an actual active connection even exists. This is a huge difference between routers and most firewall software and one that can make the difference between a secure wireless network and a virus or trojan ravaging your devices.
Why do I need to secure my wireless network?
While this firewall helps to protect you from attacks initiating from the internet, a secure Wireless network can only be achieved by proper configuration of your wireless router. If your wireless network does not have adequate security, there is nothing to stop your neighbours or even passers-by from connecting to YOUR network, and even your home computers. The impact of these unknown "intruders" in your home network can be devastating. Anything from extra charges from your internet provider for downloading too much, to attacks on your home computers (and possibly recording bank passwords, etc).
However, a secure WiFi can only be achieved by proper configuration of your wireless router. If you would like to learn how to properly configure your wireless router by reading our easy to follow instructions, please select your device from the list below:
BiPAC 5200G RC
BiPAC 6404VGP R3
BiPAC 7300 RA