Archive for October, 2011

How to Secure Your Wireless Internet Network

Wireless internet is one of the most predominant means of achieving high speed internet connection nowadays. Wireless internet connection started with it being used in companies and cafes, and later it became popular in schools and hospitals till we now have it at homes. Almost on every street you walk through, there is one wireless internet connection or the other, either for free or available upon entering some unique vouchers.

One issue, though, with wireless internet connection is that it brings up concerns in terms of security. Because of the privileges outsiders are made to have where there is a wireless internet connection, there have been ways and smart methods that can allow people to make use of your wireless internet connection without your permission.

Because I was going to need a sophisticated internet connection for the service of my lunarpages and iContact coupon website, I decided to install a wireless internet in my home, but it wasn’t easy battling intruders. This problem, because of its persistency, has thought me some lessons on securing your wireless internet which I want to share with you.

Make Your Admin Details Unique to You

Due to persistent security issues with my wireless internet connection, I’ve leant that it’s always safer to change the administrator’s privileges of my router upon the installation of my wireless internet connection.

Routers, by default, are always with administrator’s privileges that are too generic, such as having the password as password or admin and username as username or admin. This, unfortunately, is known to almost everybody and anyone about to use your wireless internet connection without your permission will first try these generic usernames and passwords.

Make sure you are not using the default admin privileges of your router, if it’s so in your case, quickly change it now to enhance the security of your wireless internet connection.

Use Firewalls to Protect your Network

Modern wireless network routers come with in-built firewall for security against intrusions. You can enable your wireless router’s security firewall as this will improve the level of your wireless internet connection’s security.

If you are using a wireless internet connection router that does not have an in-built firewall, you can download and install it on your router from the internet.

Always Switch off Your Router When not in use

Which way is the best way to stay away from hackers or keep your wireless internet connection safe from unsolicited usage? To turn it off totally is the best way. It’s only when your wireless internet connection is on that you’d have people attempting to break into it.

The best thing to do is to turn your router off whenever nobody is using it or whenever no one is home to watch over it.

Limit Your Router’s Broadcast Range

Are you using your router to broadcast internet network to a wide range of space or is your wireless network being used in a bigger hall or room? You can restrict your wireless network’s broadcast reach to a very limited range so that only people that are very close to the router can access the network.


How to Set up VPN Connections in Windows

This article is going to discuss about establishing successfully a connection via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) using your Windows XP platform. This will help Windows XP clients to connect to a VPN remote access server using PPTP and LT2P network protocols. This is very easy to establish such network protocols and it takes not even five minutes to set up the entire connection, if everything works out well for you.

Let us see how to establish a VPN connection in a Windows XP platform:

Step 1: Open Windows Control Panel.

Step 2: Choose Network Connections in the Control Panel task menus and this will open up a dialog box showing the list of dial-up and LAN connections.

Step 3: On this dialog box, you will be able to see an option to choose, “Create a new connection”, which appears on the left hand side of the dialog box. On choosing this option, the Windows XP New Connection Wizard will commensurate.

Step 4: Click next to begin the wizard and you will find the option “Connect to the network at my work place” from the list and click again next.

Step 5: On the Network Connection page that appears consecutively, choose the option “Virtual Private Network” and then choose next again.

Step 6: Enter a new name for this connection or the standard name that is being used by your office in the “Company Name” and click next. The name chosen need not match the name of an actual business.

Step 7: Choose the “Public Network” option on the screen and click next. At this junction, you are provided with two choices, a default option of choosing “automatically dial this initial connection, which can be used if the VPN connection will be initiated when the computer is not connected to the internet, or else choose “Do not dial the initial connection” option if you did not want this to happen. If you choose this option, then you need to be connected over to a public network to establish this new VPN connection.

Step 8: Following this you will be prompted to enter the name or the IP address of the VPN remote access server to connect to, and click next. This information could be had from the network administrator managing the VPN connections.

Step 9: This is to be followed by choosing the option to “Connection Availability” screen and click Next. The default option of “MY Use Only” will help in ensuring that the Windows will make this connection available to the connected user only. If you do not choose this option, then “anyone” should be able to use this. Be careful with this as I got messed up a time when I was setting up a connection to work on my gotomeeting promo code and gotowebinar promo code blog.

Step 10: Click “FINISH” to complete the setup and you will be having a new VPN connection saved onto your computer.

In the end all you need to set a VPN connection on Windows XP, is Windows XP and the VPN’s name or IP address.