Your wireless broadband network is naturally prone to cyber-attacks from hackers. This fact is further made possible because the connection of broadband networks is set by default to stay on at all times. This means that the network makes use of static IP addresses, which in turn makes it easier for hackers to continually return to your site for more attacks – constantly looking to exploit new vulnerabilities. In fact, your computer may be on the receiving end of multiple scans from hackers without your knowledge.
Broadband users tend to make the mistake of turning on their Windows’ file and printer sharing feature, which further compromises the security of the computer. It makes the computer easily discoverable for any hacker that puts in half an effort to find a system that is accessible. The result of one of such attacks from a hacker could be a loss of sensitive information or general file damage. Additionally, the compromised system can be used as a launching ground to set up attacks on other sites.
To protect your wireless broadband network from these security problems, here are some things that you can do:
- The easiest first line of defence is an antivirus. Install one of these on your computer and make sure that the “auto-update” option is turned on. This will ensure that you do not miss out on any important updates that may contain the solutions to new security loopholes that come up as time progresses.
- Restrict or completely disable your SSID broadcast. This security measure will not really prove to be a headache for even the most amateurish of hackers, but it can not hurt to disable it anyway. Wireless extenders cause your network to be more prone to attacks too, so you should look at restricting your network to the safety of your home.
- Use complex security keys and encryption technology. You will be making your wireless broadband network that little bit safer if you ensure that your security keys cannot be guessed easily. Additionally, it helps to have the latest encryption technology alongside these.
When you are setting up your password, avoid using generic words/names/characters that are related in any way to your personal information. A mix of alphanumeric characters is usually the best idea in this regard. However, this safety measure does not end with a strong password alone. Passwords can be hacked using hacking tools that are not hard to come across over the internet, so this makes it important to go the extra mile in making your password as resistant to hacking as possible.
The best way to achieve this is through the use of the encryption technology as mentioned above. The WEP encryption scheme was the most widely used encryption technology at some point, but the more recent WPA-PSK scheme is a lot more secure. Use these at your discretion for added security.
- Be Smart. We mentioned the common mistake of turning on the file and printer option on a computer. It will be folly to make this mistake again. When you’re in a chat room, avoid running any executable codes that you see, and steer clear of unsolicited attachments or programs too. Some of these files may open up to spy cams or some sort of hidden cameras that simply run in the background and you would be completely oblivious. Finally, prepare yourself for any possibilities of disk failure by making regular backups and creating a boot disk.