Is your Wi-Fi a vulnerability?

Why should your Wi-Fi network be secure?


You may have already seen these barbaric acronyms: WEP, WPA and WPA2 are different wireless
security encryption measures. Most of them are not used anymore because important security flaws have been discovered. Today, we mainly use WPA2.

Wi-Fi is less secure than wired networks

Wireless networks are less secure than wired Internet connections. This is simply because of the way Wi-Fi works. While a wired connection requires a physical connection (usually via an Ethernet cable), Wi-Fi routers broadcast radio signals that can potentially be picked up by anyone, . While wireless security encryption standards like WPA2 help mitigate this problem, they are still fallible.

But WPA2 is not enough

Most of the devices we use today were designed for WPA2. Yet, many vulnerabilities have been discovered with this encryption. So it is important to secure your Wi-Fi network. We suggest some methods below.

Your data for sale

Wi-Fi is a gateway, as soon as it is crossed, everything on your device, be it a phone, a computer or anything else, becomes vulnerable or even compromised. Because hackers steal your data to resell them. You understand why it is important to protect yourself and even if you have the most secure smartphone on the market you have to be careful.

3 tips to secure your Wi-Fi connection

1. Update.
This is often a task we don’t like, because it requires a reboot and it’s never the right time, but it’s the easiest and quickest way to maintain the security and integrity of your device. Installing the latest firmware on your router should close any glaring Wi-Fi security holes, and may even improve your Wi-Fi operation. Visit the manufacturer’s website for more information. Again, even if you have the most secure smartphone on the market, and you don’t keep it up to date it loses its efficiency.

The HTTPS protocol was created to encrypt the data sent and received by a website. So when browsing the web, keep an eye on the top bar to know if the site is secure or not. There is no point in having the most secure smartphone, if you don’t pay attention to this.

3. Do not offer any information.

This may be the first thing to do after setting up your network. Change and hide your SSID (the name of the Wi-Fi) which can sometimes give an indication of the model or brand of your router. Change the password, use a password of at least 12 characters with numbers, upper/lower case letters and special characters.

By practicing these few steps, such as changing your passwords regularly, changing your default settings and updating your router, you will be able to better protect yourself.