What You Should Do

By Sean Gallagher  |  Posted 2002-06-07 Print this article Print

The retailer's in-store wireless network exposed customers' credit card data. Best Buy has plenty of company.

Securing a Wireless Network

If you're using wireless networks in your company, you should:

  1. Use the existing encryption built into current wireless products
  2. Change the default settings for identification on wireless access points so they can't be easily hacked
  3. Use virtual private network (VPN) software to protect computer users and handhelds where possible
  4. Regularly check your network for unauthorized access points

Sean Gallagher is editor of Ziff Davis Internet's enterprise verticals group. Previously, Gallagher was technology editor for Baseline, before joining Ziff Davis, he was editorial director of Fawcette Technical Publications' enterprise developer publications group, and the Labs managing editor of CMP's InformationWeek. A former naval officer and former systems integrator, Gallagher lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland.

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