Why-Fi?

Regardless the size of your company, wireless networks have emerged as one of the most powerful tools for boosting productivity and collaboration. It has become an important business trend of the twenty-first century, and these days, because of the cut throat competition, you can’t get left behind.

Basically, A wireless network is a tool that enables you to connect devices such as laptops to the Internet and to your business network and its applications without wires. Listed below are some of its benefits should you choose to adopt it.

  • Convenience. Access your network resources from any location within your wireless network’s coverage area or from any WiFi hotspot.
  • Mobility. You’re no longer tied to your desk, as you were with a wired connection. You and your employees can go online in conference room meetings, for example.
  • Productivity. Wireless access to the Internet and to your company’s key applications and resources helps your staff get the job done and encourages collaboration.
  • Easy setup. You don’t have to string cables, so installation can be quick and cost-effective.
  • Expandable. You can easily expand wireless networks with existing equipment, while a wired network might require additional wiring.
  • Security. Advances in wireless networks provide robust security protections.
  • Cost. Because wireless networks eliminate or reduce wiring costs, they can cost less to operate than wired networks.

These are the type of benefits that business owners wouldn’t mind spending money for. I certainly won’t! But hey, i’m not a business owner (yet!) so if the list isn’t enough, owners should definitely be happy to hear that through these benefits, there are endless possibilities. Here are some of them:

  1. Increased mobility and collaboration.

Without the wires, employees and customers who use you network can roam around your office/business without loosing connection thus promoting collaboration, teamwork, information sharing all while still being connected with up-to-the minute communications.

2. Improved responsiveness

Because of the reliable and fast network, you can have information you need whenever or wherever you need it. This can also provide better customer service and better productivity for your employees. Imagine a doctor just carrying around a tablet from room to room accessing online patient files (Just like in Grey’s Anatomy!) Or if sales personnel in malls didn’t have to go to and fro the stockroom just to check if they have your shoe size!

3. Easier network expansion

Companies that need to add employees or reconfigure offices frequently will immediately benefit from the flexibility wireless LANs provide. Desks can be moved and new employees can be added to the network without the effort and cost required to run cables and wires. This also is  an added value service to customers who almost always expect WiFi anywhere.

Technology is becoming more widespread by the second and although a wireless network is definitely something that you should consider, looking at the risks is a mandatory action as well. Let’s discuss some standards or guidelines that may counter the risks.

  • Avoid using the default password
    Obviously rule no. 1. It’s easier for a hacker (Yes you Elliot!) to find out the manufacturer’s default password for your wireless router — and then use that password to access your wireless network. So it’s wise to change the administrator password for your wireless router. When you’re deciding on your new password, make sure it’s random and hard to guess.
  • Don’t let your wireless device announce its presence
    Switch off SSID (Service Set Identifier) broadcasting — to prevent your wireless device announcing its presence to the world.
  • Change your device’s SSID name
    Again, it’s easy for a hacker to find out the manufacturer’s default SSID name for your device — and then use that to locate your wireless network. Change the default SSID name of your device — and try to avoid using a name that can be guessed easily.
  • Encrypt your data
    In your connection settings, make sure you enable encryption. If your device supports WPA encryption, use that — if not, use WEP encryption.
  • Protect against malware and Internet attacks
    Make sure you install a rigorous anti-malware product on all of your computers and other devices. In order to keep your anti-malware protection up to date, select the automatic update option within the product.

Technology is becoming more widespread by the second and it’s on managers/owner to look at both the negative and positives when they want to adopt these tools. Blindly using a wireless network but then not arming yourself with the proper defence will render it a weakness and may even be a detrimental loophole.

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