The average internet user knows that not all wifi networks are secure. If they’re smart about it, they already have done a review of security software to be certain their computer is safe from a hacked network. However, aside from a weak password, what are the potential hidden vulnerabilities in your wifi connection?
Here are 4 vulnerabilities in your wifi connection that you probably didn’t know about:
1. Default or shared password
Although the SSID and password that your network came with might seem randomized and, thus, more secure, skilled hackers will be able to crack into your system much easier than if you were to change them to something more personalized. Using a password randomizer is the best way to go about this, but if you don’t think you’ll be able to remember what it is, be sure it’s saved in a safe place.
2. Unsecured hardware
If someone can physically mess with your hardware, they can interrupt or corrupt your wifi connection. Furthermore, many users leave the SSID and password taped to the side or bottom of the router. If your modem and router aren’t locked away in a secured location, you run the risk of having your information stolen.
3. Not using enterprise mode
Enterprise mode is much more secure for those with more than one user than traditional WPS pin authentication is. For starters, pin authentication is easier to crack and allows hackers to decode the password. However, enterprise mode is also protected against internal user spying. This means users already connected to the network cannot spy on the wireless traffic of others.
4. Automatic connection to neighboring networks
If your wifi connection isn’t the greatest and often lags or takes a long time to connect, users may instead automatically connect to nearby public networks. If this occurs, they may be accidentally hooking up to a false or hacked network that will steal their data. Always be sure you have a data recovery software like DDI Utilities installed in case this happens accidentally. Furthermore, if the users connects to an alternate network, the users on the other network will have the ability to snoop on that computer’s traffic and private files. This can be especially detrimental for business computers.
Especially for corporations, securing your wifi network is vital to keeping your private information safe from harm. These vulnerabilities are the lesser known ones, but if you’re struggling to protect your wifi at a basic level, check out our related post: 7 Ways To Create A Secure Password And Protect Your Data