As a business owner or valued employee who also spends time working from home, do you make assumptions about your home’s wireless network security? Between your home and business, chances are your home wireless security is the weakest link. This can prove to be a serious liability.

WiFi security at home tends to be more lax because people tend to not think there is anything important on their home network. You feel safe at home and you might assume since your business’s network is locked down tight, your data is secure. When a hacker wants to access your business’s private information, they’re going to search for the easiest point of entry, which is usually through your home.

What are hackers usually looking for?

Hackers are looking for information they can profit from, including financial and identity-related documents. The fact is, there are people who roam around searching for unprotected or poorly protected wireless access. They may not be looking specifically for you, just an easy target.

Never assume your data—personal or business—isn’t accessible. If you access your office from your home or other remote locations, your home and personal networks are a backdoor to your company’s data. Minimizing the risks associated with this are an important but often overlooked aspect of your company’s security plan. Without taking the proper precautions you may be inadvertently allowing access to critical data without realizing it through the holes in your personal security.

What can you do to protect yourself and your company assets?

● Be aware of when you’re sharing data. If you have any files in a public folder, move them to a more secure location.
● Use a strong password for all your wireless networks. A string of letters, numbers and symbols about 14 characters long is ideal.
● Use WPA2 security. Make sure your wireless access point is set up correctly. If you are using WEP or WPA security, change it as soon as possible.
● Change your network’s name (SSID). Wireless access points have a default name, and keeping the default tells potential intruders lax security measures may be in place.

And ask yourself how protected your network—and your data—really is.

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