Wireless Security Tips for WiFi Network

Wireless Security is a major concern these days, with terrorists using open WiFi networks to send bomb blast claims to the government, you could be in some serious trouble.

Although wireless networks are very beneficial, but wireless networking has many security issues. Crackers (loosely called hackers) have found it easier to break wireless WiFi networks. But this can be prevented by some pro Wireless Security Tips.

WiFi Security (image by Cloned Milkmen)
WiFi Security (image by Cloned Milkmen)

This article summarize the steps you should take to improve the wireless security of your home WiFi network.

  • Change Default Username & Password of your WiFi

    Most WiFi home networks have an access point or router. To set up these pieces of equipment, manufacturers provide web pages that allow owners to enter their network address and account information to boost wireless security.

    These Web tools are protected with a login screen (username and password) so that only the rightful owner can change this. However, for any given piece of equipment, the login credentials provided are simple and very well-known to hackers.

    change password

    Change these settings immediately to prevent your network from getting into the wrong hands & to level up your wireless security.

    Read How to change your Router’s Username and Password

  • Change the Default SSID (WiFi Network Name)

    SSID or Service Set Identifieris name of your wireless network. Most wireless routers have a predefined SSID like ‘default’ or the brand name of the router.

    Although changing it won’t directly improve your wireless security, but it will prevent hackers from directly knowing what type of router you are using and reduce the possibilities of an attack.

    Change SSID
    Change SSID

    Also, you might just change your SSID to Hacker Inside or Virus.exe to fend off amateur crackers.

    See our tutorial to Change the Default SSID (Wireless Name)

  • Disable SSID (Wireless Name) Broadcast

    By Default, WiFi routers broadcast the Wireless Network Name (SSID). This feature enables you to connect to set up your wireless network easily.

    But, after set up you don’t need this facility as your device will connect to your WiFi automatically. Thus, disabling it will prevent your network from being visible to the public and hence prevent unauthorized access to your network, +1 to your wireless security 😉

    Read How to Disable SSID (Wireless Name) Broadcast

  • Enable Wireless Encryption: best for Wireless Security

    All wireless routers have either WPA or WEP encryption to prevent unauthorized access to your network. WPA encryption is much secure than WEP encryption and hence is a preferred mode of encryption.

    If you find your router or your computer incompatible with WPA encryption then you should still apply WEP as something is better than nothing. A newer encryption, WPA 2 provides even stronger encryption than WPA but your hardware needs to support it.

    Learn More on How to Enable WPA WiFi Security for Windows

  • Filter Mac Address

    Every laptop, mobile or any other any wireless device has a unique address called MAC address or Media Access Control address. Most WiFi routers have a feature, which if enabled will allow only certain MAC addresses  to access the network.

    Thus you can restrict your router to only allow connections to your own devices. So only you authorized devices will be able to access your network!

    Check this out to know How to Filter MAC Address on your router

  • Decrease the Range of your WiFi

    Wi-Fi signals may leak out of your house and hence your network is detected by the neighboring receivers. To prevent this, you need to decrease the range of your WiFi router.

    This can be done by packing your router with an Aluminium Foil or placing the router in a box. You will have to experiment these things and then set it up according to your needs to minimize the leakage.

    You can add some holes to the box or aluminium foil wrapper if the range of your WiFi becomes way too less for even you to catch it effectively, it’s pure hit-n-trial 😉

  • Enable Firewall on your Computer and Router

    Firewall helps prevent unauthorized access to your wireless network.  Modern routers have inbuilt firewalls but many a times the firewall is turned off.

    Also set up firewall on each computer that connects to the network for added wireless security.

  • Turn off WiFi Router when not in use

    The simplest and the best good way for wireless security, is to turn it off when not in use. Such as when you go out for work or play.

    Turn off wifi & bluetooth to save battery
    Turn off wifi

    This prevents hackers and outsiders from accessing your network. Also, it keeps the router cool and prevents it from getting heated, not to mention the save in electricity bill 😉

Configure WPA WiFi Security in Windows

WPA2 or Wireless Protected Access 2 is the best form of wireless security for your WiFi internet connection, better than WEP or WPA (its predecessor). But this new type of encryption is neither supported in all Wireless Routers, nor in all Windows versions.

This tutorial will guide you through to ultimate wireless security for your WiFi connection.

Does your Wireless Router support WPA ??

If you have a very old Wireless router, chances are that it will neither support WPA, nor WPA2. Call your router manufacturer support staff and ask if your router can support WPA or WPA2.

Upgrade the wireless router firmware with the support staff’s help, if necessary. If your router doesn’t support WPA or WPA2, stay cool with a WEP encrypted password, no need to go further into this tutorial.

Does your Computer Support WPA ??

For Windows XP Service Pack 1 (Win XP SP1)

Windows XP SP1 does not support WPA by default while it cannot support WPA 2 at all.

To upgrade your computer to support WPA (but not WPA2), either Install Windows XP Support Patch for WPA from Microsoft or upgrade your computer to XP SP2 or SP3.
For Windows XP Service Pack 2 (Win XP SP2)
Your computer supports WPA by default, but not WPA2. To also support WPA2, either install the WiFi WPA2 update for XP SP2 from Microsoft or upgrade it to Service Pack 3.
For Windows XP Service Pack 3 / Vista / 7

Your computer supports both WPA and WPA 2 by default. So directly jump to the next section.

How to Configure WPA2 WiFi Security

1. Open your WiFi router’s administrative console by entering the routers IP address in your browser’s address bar.

Useful Tip: How to find your router’s IP address

2. Now log- in to the console through your username and password, which in most cases is set as default:
USERNAME: admin
PASSWORD: password


Change Default Administrator Password on Wireless Routers

3. Go to Wireless Setup and click on Wireless Settings

Wireless Setup

4. Now, in the Security Mode choose WPA Personal, in the WPA Mode choose WPA2 and in Pre-Shared Key enter your desired password..

WPA2 Setup

How to Install WordPress Manually

Let’s learn how to install WordPress manually to your server, to build a self hosted WordPress Blog.

Things Required To Install WordPress Manually

  1. Latest Release of WordPress software
    You can download it from the Official WordPress Download page
  2. cPanel access for your sever, to create database and upload WordPress files

How to Install WordPress Manually

Login to cPanel

Type your cPanel address in the address bar and login to your cPanel account.

If you don’t know your cPanel address try:
http://yourdomain.com/cpanel or
http://yourdomain.com:2082  or
http://yourdomain.com:2086 or
contact your web hosting providers for the same.

Login to cPanel
Login to cPanel
Creating Database

(Do Remember the Database Name , Username and Password entered by you in this step as it will be required later on)

  1. Go to the Databases section in your cPanel and click on MySQL Database Wizard.

    Database Wizard
    Database Wizard
  2. Type any name for your database and click Next Step button.
  3. Enter a username and password for your database and then click on create user button.

    Choose Database Username
    Choose Database Username
  4. After successfully creating your database and user, click on the check box against All Privileges  to grant all privileges to the newly created user.

    Grant All Privilege
    Grant All Privilege
  5. Now that your database creation has been successful, click on Return Home to proceed & install wordpress.
 Uploading WordPress to Server
  1. Open File Manager in your cPanel and click on Upload at the top left.

    Upload WordPress Zip File
    Upload WordPress Zip File
  2. Then choose the WordPress Zip file which you had downloaded and upload it.
  3. Then select the file and click on extract at the top right and extract the file in public_html directory.

    Extract WordPress Zip File
    Extract WordPress Zip File
  4. Now you’ll see that a new folder WordPress been created. Since we need to run the site from www.yourdomain.com and not www.yourdomain.com/wordpress.So open the WordPress folder, then click on select all files,  choose move file from the top left and in the text box type /public_html instead of /public_html/wordpress and finally click on Move File(s).

    Move WordPress Files
    Move WordPress Files
  5. Now select wp-config-sample.php, click on copy at left corner to make a copy of the file and rename the copied file to wp-config.php
  6. Then right click on wp-config.php and click on edit.

    Edit Configuration File
    Edit Configuration File
  7. Now change the database_name_hereusername_here and password_here to the database name, username and password you entered while creating the database.

    WordPress Configuration File
    WordPress Configuration File
Running the WordPress Installation Script

To run the installation script visit http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin/install.php and enter the details. Now click on Install WordPress.

Final Step
Final Step!!

Congrats, you’ve installed WordPress. Now login to WordPress and enjoy blogging..!!

Comment below for any queries 😉

How Google Helps In Education Worldwide

Google,the name that needs no introduction and may be called as father of Internet.  Google is the best search engine all over the world.  Billions of people use it daily for information purposes. Google helps the internet users in all categories.

The question that arises from parents is, how this popular search engine can help their children in education. So here is a brief explanation about Google’s contribution in education, about how Google helps in education:

1. Google News

Google News is one of the great services from Google that keeps you updated with latest happenings in all the fields like Technology, Health, etc. Google News has more than 200 years old information as well.

google news for education

Students can easily point to Google News  site and can search for latest info of there interest. Google News not only helps students but teachers as well. Teachers can get knowledge about any topic and can give better explanation to the students.

Google News has received positive feedback from all the teachers and students over the Globe.

2. Google+

Google’s very own social network with revolutionary free video conferencing feature, dubbed Hangouts can allow 9 students to connect to 1 teacher at a time and conduct a kinda virtual class! What’s more, make the hangout live on-air and hundreds can watch it live!

3.  Google Search

Google Search can be used to find articles related to education. Teachers can access the web for better understanding any topic and thus they can make students’ concept more strong.

Google Search in education

Google Image Search can be used to find the images, infographics and diagrams related to any topic and thus can give better understanding of the topic.

4. iGoogle

iGoogle is serving the students and teachers in the education very well. It has got lots of gadgets which can help you in Studies for sure. Students can easily point to iGoogle and can customize the homepage with gadgets related to education.

iGoogle apps for education

You can easily create bookmarks to useful education websites. From students point of view, iGoogle can make the work of creating assignments easier and for teachers it will help them to provide useful content to their students, all at one place.

iGoogle has many gadgets already and you can also ask other students to create gadgets for you.

5.  Google Book Search

This is the most useful tool by Google which allows you to search for the ebooks you need. It does not only search the books from different online book stores but also give you demo view of the books as well.

google ebook search

So if any student wants to buy a new book and is confused about that which should he/she buy then Google Book Search is surely going to help them all.

6.  Google Docs

Google Docs is an online document sharing service. You can create docs and spreadsheets and can share it with your friends. Google Docs is an amazing service for both students and teachers. Teachers can create Docs,spreadsheets related to education and then can share it with their students.

google docs for education

Google Docs can also be used to inform students related to any Social problem like dowry. Google Docs are helping students as well, as they can stay in touch with their teachers and can ask doubts easily, now even easier with Google+.

7.  Blogger

Blogger is a blogging service from Google. Blogger can be used effectively for education purpose. Teachers can register a free blog related to any topic and can teach their students by updating articles there.

Many teachers worldwide are using this and many students are getting benefited from Blogger.

8. Google Groups

Google Groups enables you to chat with others by creating groups. Google Group can also be helpful in education as well. Students and teachers can create a new group for them and teachers can teach the students through online chat.

So by Google Groups service both teachers and students can stay in touch with each other.

Summary:

Google is a great teacher in itself. If used efficiently, then both students and teachers can get benefit from the Giant Search Engine’s tree like service network 😉

How To Disable New Facebook Photo Viewer

Facebook has massively rolled out the new Photo Viewer to many users, which is an exact copy of the Google+ photo viewer.

The new Facebook Photo Viewer has comments on the right side of image, while dimming the background content of that page.

disable new facebook photo viewer

But you can by-pass that photo viewer very easily, to view photos in old style.

For that, simply open that image in a new tab on your browser, either by clicking the image with you middle mouse button, or hold the ctrl key & click on the image.

This will open the image in a new tab of your web browser, but in the same old facebook style!!