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 employees’ password, you’re practically opening the door for anyone to come in and steal private information, infect your computers and even hoover up the credit card data of your customers if you process cards 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 under any circumstances to reach your internal computer network, credit card terminals or other network-connected devices.

Don’t know how to enable guest WiFi access? Your IT department or provider does!

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

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