4 Steps to make Wireless network invisible to others

Wherever you go, there is a pressing need to be connected to the Internet.  Whether you are subscribed to a data plan provider or if not, connected to a secure WIFI connection.  Why is this?  Because in this age, connectivity is everything, be it for business, school  or personal purposes.

The good thing with mobile devices that come out in the market is that these little devices come out powered with tethering capabilities, meaning, the user may simply turn on the device’s hotspot connection and instantly, the user becomes a provider of network connection to those within a certain vicinity.

But why is there a need to hide the secure your wireless connection from others?  The simplest answer would be to prevent your network from slowdown.  Hundreds of dollars are invested on good devices and subscription to data services for the goal of having a good connection, and yet, leaving the network visible and unprotected could leave others sharing your resources.  This reason may be shrugged off especially if you are a generous IT person, and yet, don’t simply shrug your shoulders off because there is extreme danger to leaving your connection open.  Your files could get hacked, virus could be injected to penetrate your software, and to make matters worse, your network data could be used to proliferate malicious contents.  Should these happen, all evidence will point to your network and what do you have to offer as evidence that you weren’t the one who did all those horrible stuff but an excuse stating that you didn’t know.  The world will laugh at you for the ignorance.

There are ways to secure your network.  The most basic is to protect it with password.  Second would be to hide your network from others.

You might ask, why is there a need for me to hide my network when it is already protected?

Why?  Well, because there passwords are usually simple enough to crack.  For personalized passwords, an experienced hacker may not have a hard time getting the correct combination of letters especially since personalized passwords are usually limited to something that is very easy to memorize.  Another reason is that there are utilities that support cracking down secured networks.

Hiding the SSID may be a solution, but this was also not an all out solution because there are also sniffers and applications that can detect the hidden network.

So what are you to do now?  The answer is simple. Once your SSID is hidden, don’t stop there.  Encrypt if further  by using WiFi Protected Access (WPA) or Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP).

Here are the procedures:

  1. Go to the administration interface of your router or access point.
  2. Go to your wireless setting page in the administration interface and disable the SSID broadcast.
  3. Save your settings.  Of course, this would require you to reboot your device for the new settings to take place.
  4. Lastly, what this article pointed out.  Don’t stop at the point where you halted the SSID broadcast.  Rather, encrypt the SSID using tools such as WAP or WPE.

Walt Smith

Walt is a writer and editor for GigleNetworks, a blog that discusses everything to do with networking technologies. He resides in sunny Florida with his wife and beautiful 2 children.

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