Top 4 threats to your wireless network

If, like most online business owners, you use a wireless network, you are probably unaware of the potential threats to your business and the security of your and your customers’ data. In this article, I will discuss 4 different threats that you need to be aware of when running a business over a wireless network.

Many think if they have the latest router combined with the latest security software, they’re all set and nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Any type of equipment or safety measures you put in place will only act as a deterrent. If someone really wants to break into your network, they will figure out a way to do it. The good news is that most hackers target websites with lax security practices.

The top 4 threats to your wireless network you need to be aware of include:

1. Sniffing

This type of threat affects hackers who use software programs called sniffer, capable of scanning traffic on a network. All hackers who have this software have to do is use it in areas with many networks until they hook into an unsecured wireless network.

2. Warmongering

With this threat, the hacker only needs a wireless device – like a laptop or PDA. They just drive around until they pick up an unprotected wireless signal from homes or businesses. These people will record your wireless ID information along with your physical address and post it in online databases for others to know where is an unsecured network ready to take away.

3. Evil Twin

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This threat blocks your access to a legitimate wireless access point. Then, without your knowledge, you are redirected to a second access point managed by a hacker. Any information you submit is accessible to the hacker. Keystrokes can also be captured, meaning any passwords you type are now in the hands of the hackers. This type of threat is most common in public access points such as restaurants and airports.

4. WiFi fishing

This is similar to the evil twin threat in that it takes you to what appears to be a secure entry point. By using shared SSIDs of public Wi-Fi spots, your computer will automatically connect to the hacker’s network. Same situation with evil twin setup – the hacker can get all your information you type while connected to their network.

Needless to say, the real threat with these and other wireless network threats is that the risk to your bottom line is at risk. While some hackers do what they do just to see if they can do it or just to annoy, thieves who engage in wireless threats are not the harmless breed. They can cost you a lot.