Tech Tip: Do You Allow Guests to Access Your WiFi Network?

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Do you have guest access on your company WiFi network? Or do you simply give out the same password that your employees use?

If you give out your password, you’re practically opening the door for anyone to come in and steal private information, infect your private computers and even steal customer credit-card data if the processing takes place over the same internet connection.

The key to providing guest WiFi access that is both free and secure is segregation. Your WiFi guests need to be completely isolated and segregated from your private network. They should not be able to reach your internal computer network, credit-card terminals or any other network-connected devices.

Alan Edwards, CISM, is chief information officer at Computerware, Inc., in Vienna, Virginia.

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