The occurrence of cyber crimes in the modern era of computers is increasing in direct proportion to the extreme popularity of the wireless networks. As a result, it has become very important to keep a regular check on your computer security. There are various ways in one which you can prevent your network such as by changing the password of the network, disabling the SSID broadcast and changing its name, and use of firewalls to keep a check on the incoming and outgoing ports on the network.
Another method of protection which is common in the field of network security is through MAC authentication. It is a way in which you can add another layer of security to your home network, by limiting access to your router through specification of a list of wireless devices to the system.
Instructions to increase Verizon Internet Security using MAC authentication
The Verizon High speed Internet facility allows users to use their Internet and telephone service simultaneously over the same telephone line, with connection speeds faster than dial-up connections. To increase Verizon Internet security through MAC authentication, you can go through the following steps.
Step 1: Firstly, you need to list down the MAC addresses of the devices that you wish to allow access to. To find out the MAC address of a computer, you need to open the command prompt by typing ‘ipconfig/all’ in the ‘Run’ window. It will open up another screen where you can find the MAC address corresponding to the ‘Physical Address’. It is a unique identification code assigned to network adapters by the manufacturers.
Step 2: Once you have found out the MAC address of every device that is allowed to connect via the router, open the web browser. Type ‘192.168.1.1’ in the address bar; this is the internal IP Address of the wireless router.
Step 3: Once you are in the configuration page, click on ‘Wireless settings’, and then select ‘Advanced Security settings’. You will be asked to enter a Username and Password, which should be ‘default’ for both the fields. If you encounter any problems, you can contact your network admin or Verizon tech support who will assist you with the Login information.
Step 4: On the level 3 security settings, select ‘MAC Authentication’ and then check the box next to ‘Enable Access list’ on the Wireless MAC Authentication page. To save the changes you have just made, click on ‘Apply’.
Step 5: To help you identify the device, enter its MAC Address and its computer name in the ‘Station name’ option, and then click on ‘Apply’ to save. You can then repeat the steps for each wireless device that you want to allow access to the network and verify that all the MAC addresses are correct.
Enabling network security through MAC authentication is a simple procedure and can be carried out by anyone with basic knowledge of computers. Once you are done, only the wireless devices you had listed would be able to connect to the Internet and your confidential information would be protected against cyber criminals.