The arrival of wireless technology has influenced the Filipinos in a way that having a wireless device means more freedom and flexibility to go about our daily activities. The portability and mobility that wireless devices and wireless connections offer greatly satisfies the needs of a typical Pinoy. That is why the introduction of wi-fi and other related technologies never escaped the hands of the Filipinos.
There is an increase in number of people who are purchasing and utilizing devices that are wi-fi ready. This includes notebooks (laptops), net books and of course, cell phones. The integration of wi-fi connections to the mobile phone has greatly influenced the Filipino people to experience and take advantage of this technology. Indeed, the Pinoy crowd has totally embraced this new found idea due to the fact that wi-fi accessibility is no longer limited to malls and restaurants but to public transports as well.
Though majority of the populace has access to this type of connection on public places, home users are also starting to adopt the wireless connectivity with the aid of wireless routers. These home based routers are so easy to install that almost anyone with basic PC knowledge can have one. Yet security issues has been set aside and frequently left out of the equation.
Securing your wi-fi routers is essential since it provides internet access to anyone that’s near its broadcast range. Without any security, it will be open to certain viral and malware attacks and may leave your network unusable for quite sometime. You wouldn’t know who is using your connection and whatever danger they may pose on you. Also, your subscribed connection has limitations. You may end up barely making it to your favorite websites if almost everyone in the barangay has 24/7 access to your internet connection.
There are a number of ways to secure it. First, you need to have access to your router so you can configure it properly according to your needs. You can either implement a typical security access (via username-password) or only allow certain devices to connect to your router via their MAC (Media Access Control, unique identifier for every computer hardware) addresses if the device permits. Advance methods includes disabling its broadcast ID (BSSID) or its DHCP capability and only allow manual configuration to connect to the wi-fi router.
Optimize the use of your router to promote safe and smooth-sailing web surfing. Locking up your connection is not a selfish act but a way to lessen possible source of problems in the future.