Risks To Wireless Networks

Risks To Wireless Networks

In today’s technology-oriented world, every individual has at least one internet-connected device. What we fail to realize is an increased number of these devices, means there’s an increased potential for exploitation.

Prying entities may use these devices to steal identities, personal information, and financial data. Silently listen to or keep an eye on the users. Therefore, implementing a security strategy is a must!

Be it a home or business network, all unsecured wireless networks pose some common risks.

These may include:

Piggybacking

With an unsecured wireless network, anyone can use your connection with a wireless-enabled computer in your range. These unintended users can steal your personal files, conduct illegal activities, and monitor your web traffic.

Wireless sniffing

Most of the public access points are unsecured with unencrypted traffic. This may put your private or sensitive communications and transactions at risk. Malicious users can obtain sensitive data, such as passwords or credit card details by using sniffing tools. Hence, it is crucial to make sure you connect to an access point using at least WPA2 encryption.

Unauthorized computer access

A combination of unsecured public wireless network and unsecured file sharing can be deadly. It may allow nefarious users to obtain any files or data you have unintentionally allowed for sharing. Therefore, ensure you disable any file sharing when you connect to a wireless network. This will help protect your device’s files from an unknown attacker.  

Evil twin attacks

In an evil twin attack, an attacker sets up his system impersonating a public network access point and offers a signal stronger than the one offered by the original access point. This technique fools the users into connecting with the stronger signal and the attacker gets a golden chance to read all data the victim sends over the internet. Hence, always confirm the name and password of a public internet connection before using it to make sure it is a trusted access point.  

Wardriving

It is a specific kind of piggybacking. Internet savvy users know the broadcast range of a wireless network can spread as far as the end of the street. And so, they drive around neighborhoods with a wireless-equipped computer having a powerful antenna in search of a wireless network to steal crucial information and data.

Precautionary Measures

Given the risks of using wireless networks, you should take some precautionary measures including:

  • Changing the default passwords of your wireless network
  • Restricting accessing to your network
  • Installing a firewall to protect your data
  • Encrypting your wireless data
  • Sharing files with caution
  • Installing and keeping an antivirus software updated
  • Looking forward to the updates and patches released by wireless network’s manufacturer
  • Checking your wireless security options provided by the manufacturer or internet provider
  • Connecting using a virtual private network

Getting the services of an excellent IT service providing company, such as Crumbacher can be your first step towards fighting the risks related to your wireless network.

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