Accessing Internet at home or at office isn’t only about logging in to the web browser and start connecting. Securing the connection is mandatory. This involves not only setting up a network with security settings pre-installed but also to adjust them to avoid troubles and being cautious against possible dangers. In a common wireless network, the security settings are often the WEP Password or WPA Personal by default. However it depends on the setup. To modify these settings, one needs to know what the exact security type for the network is. This is ensured so that proper configuration can be done. The settings can also be enhanced by turning on the Firewall protection. It prevents other unauthorized users from accessing your personal information over the network.
Instructions for adjusting the Security Settings for a Wireless Network on a Macintosh Computer
Step 1: Click on the ‘Apple’ icon present at the top of the screen. From the drop down menu, select ‘System Preferences’.
Step 2: In the next window, look for the ‘Internet and Wireless’ section and then select the ‘Network’ icon under it.
Step 3: Click on the ‘Advanced’ tab. Then select your network name and click on the pencil icon so that you can edit the network.
Step 4: Then click on the drop down menu to go through the available security settings for the network. You can select the security type as desired. Then enter the password and click on’Save’.
Step 5: In the upper left corner of the screen, click on the ‘back’ button. Look under the ‘personal’ section in the screen and then click on the ‘Security’ button.
Step 6: It involves turning on the firewall for protection. Click on the ‘Firewall’ tab, followed by a click on the ‘Start’ button to turn it on. Then the ‘Advanced’ button needs to be clicked.
Step 7: The box next to ‘Enable stealth mode’ needs to be checked. Click on ‘OK’ and then on the red button that is in the upper-left corner to exit Preferences.
Apart from following the above steps for wireless security, there are some guidelines that should be kept in mind if one has a Mac running MacOS X. Even though the Macintosh has an in-built firewall, you can spend additional money on an enhanced firewall like DoorStop. It provides detailed information on the users who’ve been trying to access the system while the software in use. One must keep up with software and browser updates if a third party web browser such as Firefox is being used. Such software updates have in built security patches. Also, Mac software must be downloaded only from well known and reputed sources. Passwords must be saved in a password protected application like data Guardian. If the system isn’t in a physically secure location, you should log out after you have finished with whatever you were doing. Despite there being measures which need to be taken to enable Mac security, its in-built defenses are many. It doesn’t get PC viruses and doesn’t need constant alerts and sweeps to keep away malware.