Tuesday Tech Tip: What Can Your Access Point Do To Keep You Safe?

We’ve all got Access Points up on our ceilings somewhere – how much do you really know what yours does to keep your business secure?

It’s one of those things you know about, but if it’s doing its job properly, you’ve probably never had to think much about it. In this Tuesday Tech Tip, Curtis Hyde talks about what Access Points do, and how they work.

In a nutshell, your Access Point has the dedicated job of providing wireless Internet, or Wi-Fi. This is instead of wired Internet access, which is limited to one spot, usually your desk. Thanks to the Wi-Fi provided by your Access Point, you can automatically connect your laptop, tablet or phone to the Internet from anywhere in its range (usually the area of your office building).

However, that’s not all an Access Point can do. While Access Points designed for home use are limited, enterprise-grade Access Points have a lot more functionality, especially when it comes to security.

Say, for example, your Access Point is situated so that it provides Internet access as far out as your staff parking lot. While that may be great for your employees who need to check their email when they park their car, it does present a security risk as well. Other people who aren’t employees at your business could also park in that lot, access your network, and interfere with your business data. Even if you have a password on your network, these cybercriminals could have methods of circumventing those security measures.

This is precisely why enterprise-grade Access Points have the capability to limit the range of their bandwidth. Instead of configuring your Access Point to extend to its full range, well outside your building, you can limit it specifically to the area of your office. That way, only those in your building (you and your staff) can access the network.

For more Tuesday Tech Tips, and for expert IT support that will help you keep your business safe, get in touch with Data Magic Inc. right away at (469) 635-5500 or datamagic@datamagicinc.com.

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