Accessing an unprotected or incorrectly protected network is easy for the outsiders. This means they can access and steal the data and files shared between the networks too. A network connects several computers together so that each system can access the shared network files. If you also have a home or work network, then leaving it unprotected or incorrectly protected, means leaving your data out in the open. Is your network also unprotected? Is someone stealing and accessing your business or work data? Don’t know? Just do these few things, set up a password, use a security key, enable Firewall protection, and some advanced settings to secure your network and data.
Here is how to do these settings to secure your network and prevent unauthorized access.
Set up the password protection
Check if your network is protected with a password. If it is not, then set up a password immediately. Password protection can be checked and set up from any computer connected within the network. You can easily do this from Network and Internet settings in the Control Panel of your PC. Here is how.
1. Start any computer of the network.
2. Go to ‘Control Panel’.
3. Jump into ‘Network and Internet’ settings.
4. Wait for the ‘Network and Sharing Center’ window to open. This window displays your connections and all the systems that are in your business or home network.
5. Click on ‘Manage Wireless Networks’ option at the left side of the window.
6. Then pick up your network and wait.
7. Now, you’ll see a new window labelled [NETWORKTITLE] Wireless Network Properties.
8. Open the ‘Security’ tab and check if the password is set already.
9. If not, then set a password for your network.
Change advanced settings and set up a Network Security key
After assigning a password to your network, go ahead and do these advanced settings. These advanced settings are also present under Network and Sharing section in the Control Panel. Here is how.
1. Don’t close the Control Panel window. If you’ve closed the window already, then reopen it.
2. Now, return to the ‘Network and Sharing’ settings with the back button. Users who have reopened the Control Panel need to click on the ‘Network and Internet’ and wait for the ‘Network and Sharing Center’ window to open.
3. Scroll to the bottom and click on the ‘Password Protected Sharing’.
4. Under Password protected sharing heading, select the ‘Turn on’ option to enable it.
5. Select a new password for sharing. Everyone in the network should know this password.
6. Distribute the password to coworkers or family members who are in the network.
7. Now, modify all the settings of the ‘Advanced Sharing Settings’ page including HomeGroup or WorkGroup connections, File and printer sharing, File sharing connections and Public folder sharing to the safest status.
Enable Windows Firewall protection
Enabling the Windows Firewall is the most simple thing you can do to secure your network and prevent unauthorized access. Windows Firewall settings are also in Control Panel.
1. Return to the ‘Network and Sharing’ settings with the back button.
2. Here, under the See also section at the lower-left corner you’ll find the “Windows Firewall” option, click on it to open the Firewall settings.
3. In the Home or work (private) networks section, check the Windows Firewall state is turned on.
Once the Windows Firewall protection is enabled, your home or work network will be protected completely from the unauthorized access.
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