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You’re right. There’s way too much complexity in even small offices IT environments. Add mobile devices and you’ve got even greater challenges. Let AlturaIT take the worry out of it all. We fix your devices. We update software. We secure networks.

We take care of things you don’t even know you’re supposed to worry about — like maintaining your clients’ privacy while using email and smart phones. As financial professionals, you’ve worked hard to earn the trust of your clients. Don’t let IT systems risk become part of your portfolio.

Call (480) 822-7222 to arrange for a free 30-minute office IT risk assessment. If you decide you want to work with us on an ongoing basis, we’d be happy to quote you a price. If not, we will be glad to have been of service.

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Six Steps to Safer WiFi


We all use WiFi networks for our computers, tablets and phones. As a business owner you can tailor your WiFi access point to decrease the risk that someone uses this as an entry point your office network. Here are six things that can help:

  1. Change the default passwords on your router. These are published by every manufacturer and available to anyone that used the Internet. If you have a Century Link Internet connect the device comes with a unique password that is printed on the bottom of the router.
  2. Encrypt all wireless communication with WAP or WAP2 encryption. WAP2 is the best encryption currently used with today’s WiFi standards. WAP was the first generation of this style of encryption. These work well with non-dictionary words as pass phrases. Using your business name in the password is also a very poor idea.
  3. Disable the broadcast of the WiFi name. This is only necessary if you have customers or clients using a WiFi network to entice them to come to your business. Broadcasting the name is a good idea for hotels, restaurants and guest wireless networks. You can connect all of your business devices to the wireless network by typing in the name and the password. If you don’t everyone with a smart phone will know the name of your internal WiFi network.
  4. Turn off your WiFi network when your business is closed. If you are not open at 2 AM in the morning don’t allow a connection to your WiFi. Most routers have a time of day restrictions. If they do not you maybe able to use one of the alternative operating systems for commercial routers to restrict time of day access.
  5. Disable WPS, WiFi Protected Setup, on your router. This feature was compromised in 2012. US HomeLand security recommends that this feature be disabled. If you have Century Link as your Internet provider WiFi Protected Setup is turned on in your router. Century Link has about 7 million routers with this feature enabled.
  6. Add the media access control number on all of your wireless devices to your MAC filter in your router. Each device has a unique hardware address. The MAC filter allows only devices with the selected numbers to access your private office network.

Sources:

FCC Guides

Cyberoam Best Practices

WiFi Alliance

 

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