Case Study

Wi-Fi Vulnerabilities Beyond Weak Passwords

Using a weak password for your Wi-Fi network is one of the main reasons cyber attacks occur, but it’s definitely not the only reason. Even if you have the strongest password in the world, there are still other steps you need to take to patch up vulnerabilities. Using a managed security service provider is one good way to prevent attacks, but your company can do other things as well. Here are some of the Wi-Fi vulnerabilities you need to know about that go beyond a weak password.

1. Shared Wi-Fi Network Passwords

Having a shared Wi-Fi network password is convenient for everyone within your company, but it does come with some risk. If an employee leaves the company for any reason, they will still have access to the network because they know the shared password. In the event this happens, managed security services providers suggest changing the shared password at the very least.

2. Connecting to Other Neighboring Networks

Employees may connect to other networks by accident or on purpose. Either way, connecting to any networks other than yours can leave confidential information vulnerable. Users may connect to other Wi-Fi signals because the strength is higher, but they don’t understand the potential consequences of doing so. The benefit of having managed network services is to have them constantly monitor signal strength so employees won’t be enticed to connect to other networks.

3. Configuring Virtual LANs Improperly

Accidentally allowing people to have access to information they shouldn’t is one of the worst things that can happen to a company. When the LAN is initially set up, the configurations must be done properly so the people who need access to certain information are the only ones who have access to the information. When you work with managed security services providers, you can rely on them to do this for you.

4. Using Default Network Names or Passwords

Cyber criminals are extremely smart and know what Wi-Fi networks may be using default names or passwords. Many default passwords are determined by the name of the network itself, and hackers can easily crack these codes. Be sure to change the name of your Wi-Fi network and create a strong password for it to help protect your network better.

Single Point of Contact is a managed IT solution provider that helps companies identify vulnerabilities like these and protect them from cyber attacks. For more information about our services, feel free to contact us at any time.

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