Everyone recognizes the popular Wi-Fi logo. The logo can be seen anywhere, from restaurants, hotels, schools, and libraries. Wi-Fi technology is now embedded deeply into the Internet culture and has evolved with the devices that people use today. Mobile phones and laptops – even the very basic and budget-friendly units- are expected to support Internet connectivity through Wi-Fi. However, Wi-Fi is not only known for its benefits and additional functions. It is also known to be the main entryway of hackers to a system. The benefits, as well as tips on keeping your Wi-Fi connection secure, will be presented in this article.
During the 1970s in the University of Hawaii, the earliest usage of the “wireless packet data network” concept was the ALOHAnet.Its goal is to connect other Oahu users and the other Hawaiian Islands to a central time-sharing computer located at the Oahu campus. 20 years later, the technology recognized as the real precursor to Wi-Fi was invented by NCR Corporation and AT&T Corporation. This technology was called the WaveLAN, which uses the first ever wireless protocol, the IEEE 802.11 (which was later renamed as Wi-Fi as a marketing strategy).
It turns out that Wi-Fi does not stand for “Wireless Fidelity”, as the majority of Internet users believes. Wi-Fi doesn’t stand for anything and is only used as a name of the protocols being followed. The protocol has been improved throughout the years, with the IEEE 802.11 upgraded into 802.11g in2003, 802.11n in 2009, and 801.11ac in 2012.
1. No wires and tangles
The advantage of Wi-Fi being wireless is its biggest asset. It almost phased out the usage of WAN cables in the workplace. The latest devices being manufactured now supports Wi-Fi and even the high-end laptops omit the ethernet port.
2. WiFi helps in giving Internet Connection to remote places
During the earlier decade of the Internet, when the Internet Service Providers cannot build infrastructure for phone lines in an area, the only way to use the internet is to go out of town and seek for an Internet shop. With Wi-Fi, as long as the modem can connect to an ISP via cell signals, you can access the internet even without phone lines.
3. Improved Mobility
With pocket Wi-Fis being available these days, you can use your devices on the go to connect to the Internet. Wi-Fi made internet connectivity mobile and easier to carry around.
4. Easier to connect more devices
Most of the Wi-Fi routers will let you connect to more than five devices all at once. And this is even possible with no additional installations needed.
5. More compact and cost-effective
With Wi-Fi, people can do more work even outside the office and while traveling. There is a device called a pocket Wi-Fi which is a miniature modem and is usually powered by Li-Polymer Batteries. A pocket Wi-Fi can last for the whole day with moderate usage and is charged using a USB cable.
1. Always change your admin password with unique passwords
Your Admin Password is the one you use to manage your connection. The admin username and password depends on your ISP. However, the admin account usually has the same username and password, which is “admin”. Upon setting up your device, make sure to replace your admin username and password immediately.
2. Change your SSID name and hide it if necessary
Changing the name of the SSID or the name of your Wi-Fi weeds out users that would want to connect to your network. Changing your SSID name is enough if you believe that your neighborhood is secure and no one would ever want to exploit your connection. But if you’re really worried that someone would infiltrate your connection, hiding the SSID is a basic alternative.
3. Encrypt your network, and do it properly
Always make sure that your password is strong and has alphanumeric characters. Make sure that your password contains upper case and lower case letters, numbers, special characters such as “@”, “#”, and”$”, and is at least 8 characters. Avoid using dictionary words or passwords that are easy to guess.
4. Always update your firmware
Updating the firmware will let you have the latest security updates from your manufacturer. This will make sure that your device is up to date with security patches which serve as a protection from hackers.
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