How To Make Your Wi-Fi Network Unbreakable

There’s no doubt that a Wi-Fi network can have huge advantages for educational facilities and business enterprises alike. However, with an increasing number of cyber attacks on networks across all sectors and industries, making your Wi-Fi network secure is a priority.

Here are some simple tips on how to make your wireless network unbreakable.

Use the latest WPA2 encryption

To provide the levels of security you should use the latest WPA encryption suite that is supported by both your devices and Wi-Fi infrastructure. Most newer devices support WPA3, while older devices may only support WPA2. Replacing older devices will allow earlier adoption of the newer and more secure and recommended WPA3 encryption suite.

Change the default settings

Access points often ship with a default SSID, administrator password and enable the use of unsecure management protocols such as HTTP or Telnet. These default settings are easy work for even the most inexperienced hacker. Make sure you change these default settings to keep you network infrastructure under your control.

Choose a robust password

Even the best encryption schemes can be compromised by hackers using automated bots that try billions of possible passwords.

The computing power required to break a password that is longer than 10 characters cannot generally be realised, so choosing a long, complex password is essential. A random mixture of numbers, letters, and characters should make it virtually uncrackable.

Avoid using standard SSIDs

Many wireless routers have a default wireless network name (SSID). This is used as part of the password by the WPA2 encryption. You should change this password to prevent hackers from using look-up lists for common SSIDs, which speeds up the hacking process. A custom SSID dramatically reduces the chances of your Wi-Fi network being hacked.

Alter the range of the transmitter

Most modern access points have multiple antennas and transmission power, allowing the signal to reach far beyond the perimeter of the building they provide Wi-Fi access to. Adjust the range of the signal by changing the transmission power to limit the signal’s range. This will make it much harder for hackers to pick up the wireless signal and work on hacking into the network.

Network segmentation

Network segmentation allows separation between different devices connected to the same Wi-Fi infrastructure. For example, it is good practice to separate guest users from the cooperate network. Separate SSIDs deployed alongside VLANs, ACLs and Client Isolation are common tools to implement network segmentation.

Regularly update firmware

Infrastructure with older firmware versions maybe weak to know vulnerabilities and exploits. Manufacturers supply new firmware version to patch again these known weaknesses within their products. Keeping your firmware up to date goes a long way to keeping your Wi-Fi secure.

These tips will provide you with a good starting point when it comes to making your enterprise or educational facility Wi-Fi secure. It’s also important to bear in mind that consumer security products are generally much less effective than enterprise solutions.

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