As a business owner who also spends time working from home, are you making assumptions about your home’s wireless network security? Chances are the computer security on your home wireless network is lacking, and this can be a serious liability.
Data-sharing is convenient when you need it, but a liability when unintended information is readily accessible to the public.Never assume your data—personal or business—isn’t accessible. You may inadvertently share sensitive data without realizing it. You may share files among colleagues and employees and simply forget to turn off file sharing permissions. You may unwittingly place files in a publicly accessible folder.
What can you do to protect yourself and your company assets?
Be aware of when you’re sharing data. If you have any files in a public folder, move them to a more secure location.
Use a strong password for all your wireless networks. A string of letters, numbers and symbols about 14 characters long is ideal.
Use WPA2 security. Make sure your router is set up correctly. If you are using WEP or WPA security, change it as soon as possible.
Change your network's name (SSID). Routers include a default name, and keeping the default tells potential intruders that lax security measures may be in place.
Ask yourself how protected your network—and your data—really is.
Wi-Fi security at home tends to be more lax. It isn’t something business owners worry about. You feel safe at home and you might assume that since your company's network is locked down tight, your data is secure. When an intruder wants to access your business’s proprietary information, they’re going to search for the easiest point of entry, which is often the home.
Intruders are looking for information they can profit from, such as financial and identity-related documents. The fact is, there are people who roam around searching for unprotected or poorly protected wireless access. EnvisionIT Solutions can strengthen your computer security. We know information technology so you don't have to!
Written By Kevin Gray
Hello! I am the Sales Manager and one of the Senior IT Consultants @ EnvisionIT Solutions. I help our clients envision great technology solutions that help their businesses grow. Let me know if you have any questions. I am an avid outdoorsman who loves fly fishing and camping. I also love sports – soccer, basketball, football….