Be Sure to Use WPA or WPA2 Encryption for your Wi-Fi setup.
Enhancing the security for your Wi-Fi setup is absolutely crucial. Because of its wireless nature, there is always the risk of unwanted visitors gaining access to your data. Setting up the correct encryption and password will help tremendously.
There are a handful of options when it comes to Wi-Fi encryption; WEP, WEP 2, WPA and WPA2 being the common choices.
The WEP and WEP 2 protocols are NOT recommended as they are very easy to crack with many tools that are available for free on the Internet.
Make sure to use WPA or WPA2 encryption and choose a password with 8 or more characters.
Setup an Extra “Guest” Network for Public Wi-Fi Connection
Do you often have guests and visitors access your Wi-Fi at your place of business? It’s a good idea to setup a separate connection for those in need, with it being configured to only allow internet access. This gives you the ability to be accommodating without the risk of having the public access your internal network.
Start Plans to Replace Windows XP
You may have computers at your establishment that are still running the Windows XP operating system. You will want to plan to replace Windows XP soon, as Microsoft is set to end all support on the operating system on April 8th, 2014.
This, of course, will open the flood gates for malicious activity and vulnerabilities will be at the operating system level, so antivirus and malware software will not be able to stop these threats.
Make Sure to Install Endpoint Anti-Malware Protection
There are many antivirus software options available to choose from, some even offer extra protection against data leakage or phishing attempts.
This is especially important for laptops within your company, as they are often taken outside of the network where they can fall victim to a number of greater risks and dangers.
Shield your Email
Security attacks are abundant and commonplace within email messages, ranging from malicious email attachments to URL links that attempt to attract a curious viewer into a phishing website or situation. With these threats around, we often recommend to implement a malware scanner at the email server to combat these attacks.
There are many cloud-based email security services out there available for a small monthly cost.
If you are using Google Apps for your business, try checking out Google’s Postini Services.