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Securing Wireless Access Point

In order to be safe from malicious people who misuse the wireless networks, it is mandatory to secure the Wireless Access Point(WAP).

The following configurations has to be performed on the WAP

1. Change the default admin user’s password to a strong password and keep it secret.

2. Enable WPA key for connecting to the wireless network.

3. Enable MAC filter. MAC refers to a unique address of the wireless cards of desktops/laptops/other devices that can connect to the wireless network. Thus even if someone comes to know a WPA key. They will not be able to connect to the wireless network because their MAC address is not listed in the allowed MAC list configured in the wireless access point

4. Use OpenDNS IP address for DNS servers, if the WAP acts as a DHCP server for the wireless network.

5. WAP has firewall builtin. Set the firewall rules appropriately so that it allows only certain services running on the WAP/ within the wireless network to be exposed and thus only those ports are open.

6. Take a backup of the configuration you have done on the WAP. This will be helpful if you lose the settings of the WAP because of reseting or accidental modification. In such cases you can apply the backed up configuration.

If you are ignorant about configuring the WAP, please get it done by some one who can do it.
Stay safe and secure.

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October 19, 2008 - Posted by | Internet, Networking, Security | , ,

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