Thinking of offering Guest WI-FI? Make sure it’s secure!

Thinking of offering Guest WI-FI? Make sure it’s secure!

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Wi-FiIsn’t it nice whenever you’ve taken your laptop to a coffee shop or café and been able to make use of the free Wi-Fi connection? Being able to offer free internet access in your business can sometimes take careful planning. Especially if your customer facing Wi-Fi isn’t secure you risk non-customers using your Wi-Fi without your knowledge. And even worse possibly being able to access your private business data.

We’ve put together a guide on how you can successfully maintain and manage your Guest Wi-Fi!

Firstly your Wi-Fi may be open as ‘Guest’ but this doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be password protected. A password should be made readily available for guests and should be changed frequently.

It is also important to note a guest network should be physically (have its own network equipment) or virtually isolated from the business network to reduce the risk of breach.

Limitations should be put in place that limit how much downloaded speed and upload speed a guest has access to. This will help create a more consistent experience in the case of multiple people using the Wi-Fi.

Wi-Fi points should be put in physically difficult to reach areas to reduce tampering. What can be a particular problem is if someone was to press the reset button this would remove all configuration and return to factory settings possibly leaving the network open. It would also be best to place the router in a high place to provide maximum signal coverage.

It’s also important to note…

  • Access point configurations should be backed up to speed recovery if something goes wrong.
  • Appropriate content filters should also be considered.

To find out more about securing and maintaining your guest Wi-Fi give us a call on 0845 319 4887* or visit our contact page here.

* Calls will cost 5p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.

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