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Tip of the Week: Simple Practices to Secure Your Wi-Fi

Tip of the Week: Simple Practices to Secure Your Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi has swiftly become one of those amenities that we just expect to have, including in the workplace. While it does make work around the office more convenient, it should not be at the cost of your security. To help prevent this, we’re reviewing a few key Wi-Fi security considerations to keep in mind.

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Building a Secure Wi-Fi Network

Building a Secure Wi-Fi Network

Maintaining network security is always a priority for the security-minded company, but if your organization’s strategy is to fly under the radar, then you need a new plan. No business is too small to be a victim of a network breach. What most people who are tasked with coming up with a network security strategy for a small business don’t always realize is that threats are everywhere. Today, we’re going to take a look at planning a secure and reliable Wi-Fi strategy that doesn’t inherently add to your business risk. 

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A Secure Wireless Network Allows for Better Business

A Secure Wireless Network Allows for Better Business

Wireless Internet access for a user’s devices isn’t just a luxury these days--it’s expected. If the Wi-Fi drops out for any reason at all, chaos strikes, rendering any ability to stream content or access the Internet a moot point. This is particularly the case for businesses that have technology solutions reliant on wireless access. How can you make sure your wireless network is as strong and reliable as possible?

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WPA3 is Boosting Network Security

WPA3 is Boosting Network Security

Did you know that prior to this past January, the last big update to Wi-Fi occurred in 2004, when WPA2 was released? The Wi-Fi alliance has introduced a new type of wireless connection called WPA3--one that can dramatically improve security. In reality, it was created with the intention of shoring up weaknesses found as a result of the KRACK vulnerability, which exposed serious issues with WPA2 that needed to be addressed.

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Tip of the Week: How to Adjust Your Router to Improve Your Connections

Tip of the Week: How to Adjust Your Router to Improve Your Connections

Wi-Fi has been one of the single most useful innovations for the modern office. Connecting to your Internet without having to be physically connected to it via an ethernet wire has been an incredibly freeing process--one that opens up all sorts of possibilities of where (and how) you can get work done. How can you make sure that your Wi-Fi signals are as clear and reliable as possible?

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Mobile Security Showdown: Cellular Network vs. Wi-Fi

Mobile Security Showdown: Cellular Network vs. Wi-Fi

Today’s business relies on mobile devices, like smartphones, to guide productivity and efficiency. In fact, the vast majority of people in today’s society own a smartphone. A report shows that 90 percent of people younger than 30 own a smartphone. This means that the forward-thinking business, hiring talented millennials, should think about how to secure any mobile devices that they use to access company data.


A recent Wi-Fi security report from Wandera analyzed a set of 100,000 company-owned mobile devices and found that 74% of wireless data took advantage of a nearby Wi-Fi network. 12% of those Wi-Fi hotspots lacked any type of encryption to secure the connection. Furthermore, only 4% of these company-owned devices were exposed to accidental or deliberate “man-in-the-middle” attacks.

When we say a man-in-the-middle attack, we’re basically talking about a situation where one computer has contracted malware that allows another machine to steal data that’s flowing to and from it. Once the machine has connected to a Wi-Fi connection, the malware is then transferred to the network, thereby infecting the entire network with the malware and giving the hacker free rein to cause all kinds of trouble.

Surprisingly enough, cellular networks are much more secure than a normal Wi-Fi network, since cellular providers take advantage of encryption that protects users. Yet, users will prefer to use a Wi-Fi connection over a cellular provider connection when given the choice. One statistic claims that up to 60% of people will simply connect to any public Wi-Fi they find rather than resort to their cellular data, even if it’s paid for by their employer. Symantec’s Wi-Fi Risk Report comes to a similar conclusion, claiming that people believe their data is more secure if it’s transmitted over Wi-Fi. 53% of people can’t even tell the difference between a secured network and an unsecured network, and 90% of consumers have put some type of personal information at risk using public Wi-Fi.

At the business level, the state of affairs shifts favorably. Individual Wi-Fi use still seems similar, but businesses do a much better job of securing a network from online threats and malicious users. A firewall is one of the best ways to do so, since it actively keeps threats out of your network by checking data that enters it. When a user is accessing your organization’s Wi-Fi, they can then access the entire network that’s hosted on it--including any servers or confidential information that’s found on it. By partitioning information behind the firewall, you’re making your business that much more secure against online threats.

Another way to do so is by implementing what’s called a Virtual Private Network, or VPN. A VPN adds another layer of security by implementing encryption. Basically, it protects your data by ensuring it’s traveling through a secure tunnel of sorts, shielding it from view by those who might be lurking in the shadows. A VPN is a staple of remote computing because it’s really the only way to make sure that your sensitive company data is being transferred as securely as possible. A VPN ultimately keeps you from spending even more money on potential data breaches, and is a considerable benefit when factoring in organizational mobility.

Does your business need a VPN to secure its data? CTN Solutions can help. To learn more, reach out to us at (610) 828-5500.

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Will We See 5G Soon? Probably Not, But Let’s Talk About It Anyway

b2ap3_thumbnail_wireless_future_400.jpgIt seems like just yesterday that the world adopted 4G as the accepted model of wireless technology communication, but it’s still important to look toward the future and push for greater heights. Wireless technology has permeated society to the point where it’s steeped with smartphones and other mobile devices. So, what’s next in the wireless game?

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