Wi-Fi Security - Check list review requested.

Posted on 2004-10-31
Last Modified: 2013-12-09
I plan on going wireless shortly. I have been gathering information from web sites that talk about securing ones computer when going Wi-Fi. I want to make sure that I performing this transition right the first time. If there are other things that I should include in my list below please let me know.

I noticed one site talked about encrypting files before transferring or emailing them. This is great if the receiver has the software at their end to decrypt the file or email.

I ran across a site that has encrypting software that will encrypt a file or email. The company’s name is Cypherix. Using their software allows you to send the encrypted file and the receiver can decrypt the email/file without having any software on their computer to decrypt it. Maybe I am reading information incorrectly.

It sounds to me like the file can be lifted from the air and be decrypted by anyone since no decrypting software is required. Oh by the way the software is called Secure IT @

I am very interested in hearing your comments and suggestions about Wi-Fi security and about encrypting files.


Here is my check list:

1.      Change the default SSID.
2.      Disable SSID Broadcasts
3.      Change the default password for the Administrator Account
4.      Enable MAC Address Filtering.
5.      Change the SSID periodically.
6.      Enable WEP 128 Encryption
7.      Change the WEP encryption keys periodically.

      * Make sure to use a legitimate access point
                * Use VPN if possible
      * Use a personal firewall
                * Use anti-virus software
      * Do operating system updates
      * Turn off file sharing
      * Password protect my computer
      * Use Web-based email that employs secure http (https)
                * Encrypt files before transferring or emailing them.
Question by:cdplayer
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    unshare folders on your computer also
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    But otherwise i like it ;)

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