WEP (Wireless Equivalent Privacy)
though WEP uses weak encryption and is breakable, it still provides
an effective first measure of defense by encrypting the traffic
between your wireless card and access point. Make sure you use
the largest WEP key size that your equipment supports.
your SSID to something non-descriptive
do not want to give out your name, address, or any other useful
information to potential hackers. Also, using the default SSID
is a bad idea. A good example would be anything non-descriptive
like "flower" or "network" and a bad example
would be "235 Elm St." or "Johnson Family".
the default password(s)
on your access points.
default passwords of most network equipment are well known and
could allow an intruder to gain access to your access point(s).
access point supports "closed system" or allows
you to "disable broadcast SSID," use this feature.
This will make your network essentially invisible to the scanning
methods we and almost all others use. Unfortunately, most
manufacturers do not support this feature.
the firmware and drivers on your access point and wireless cards
is always wise to use the latest latest firmware and drivers
on your access points and wireless cards. Manufacturers commonly
fix known issues, security holes, and enable new features with
MAC based filtering
this feature, only your unique wireless cards can communicate
with your access point.
off your access points when you are not using them
you are not using your wireless network, why risk being scanned
or being broken into.
point placement and antenna selection
locate your access points towards the center of your house
or building. This will minimize the signal leak outside of
its intended range. If you are using external antennas, selecting
the right type of antenna can be helpful in minimizing signal