How to Secure Your Wireless Network
Posted on: April 13, 2011
How to Secure Your Wireless Network

At Bright House Networks, we’re concerned for your online safety. We want your family to have all the convenience of a vibrant home network within a safe Internet environment. Here are the top three risks to not securing your wireless network:

  • You could be exposing your family to identity theft or worse.
  • Hackers could steal important information you have stored on your computer, such as credit card numbers, passwords and bank account statements.
  • Your service could experience unnecessary disruption.

Below are some simple steps to determine if your preferred wireless network is secure, as well as information on how to set up a secure wireless network in your home. Note: This is applicable to most Windows operating systems.

STEP 1: Locate your Start menu and click on Control Panel.

STEP 2: Go to Network Connections and click…That will open the window. Right click and select Properties. In some cases, in Classic View or the XP Control Panel view, you may have to click twice to access this screen.

STEP 3: Click on the Wireless Network tab and select your preferred wireless connection. Double click on this connection. Find your network name or SSID and it will tell you if you are using a security-enabled network or are “locked down.”

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Donald Forbes
Donald Forbes

(8) Readers Comments
  1. You should do a post like this for Mac people.

    • Hi Matt, That’s a great idea! For now, you can check our support site for more information on different operating systems. Thanks!

    • Yes, I was thinking the same thing. Don’t forget us Mac users! Matt L (Tampa)

    • We appreciate the feedback, Matt! And, we like Mac users too!

    • I agree brighthouse forgot about mac users

  2. ditto to Matt from another Mac user.

  3. Snow Leopard users just option click the “Airport” icon on the menu bar and look for a pad lock.

    The article should have been more in depth. WEP encryption is not much better than using nothing at all and can give users a false sense of security. Use WPA or preferably WPA2 encryption with a a non dictionary derived key for much better security.

    • Very good suggestion Ericdsa.

      I would like to add as well that if your wireless router is capable of 802.11N speeds (300Mb/s) you MUST use WPA2 with AES encryption. Make sure to use a password of 8 or more characters and use non-dictionary passwords (eg. P@$$w0rd). WEP encryption can be hacked in less than 2 minutes, and WPA + TKIP is not very secure either.

      You may also want to consider buying a router that is capable of dual-band wireless (2.4 and 5GHz spectrums). 5GHz wireless signals are much harder to crack (due to relatively short broadcast range) and also will help avoid unwanted radio interference from other wireless users and devices in the 2.4GHz spectrum (microwaves, bluetooth etc).

      The 5GHz spectrum is almost a necessity if living in a crowded apartment complex with many wireless Access points operating on the 2.4 GHz spectrum. It also requires ridiculously expensive equipment that wardriver’s use to hack, therefore increasing your security even more.

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