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Nov 2013

How To Secure Your Wireless Network

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Security has become a crucial thing in the lives of many people currently. It is a very dangerous thing to have an unprotected wireless network. This is because any type of information that you send over the wireless network can probably be interrupted by malicious people. Therefore, if you are looking for a way to secure your network, then do not worry. The following are the step by step tutorial on how to secure your wireless network:

Step 1: Access your wireless network router

Wireless network routers are controlled through the administration pages which can be accessed through the web browsers. You only require your router’s IP address. This can always be obtained by looking online or its manual for information on the specific model of your router.

After you have the router’s IP address, you should type it in the URL bar of your browser. You will be required to insert a username and a password. The word admin is often used by default as both username and password even though there are some routers which use admin’ as a username and password’ as a password.

Step 2: Change your default administration username and password

You will want to limit access to the admin page of the wireless router. If an individual was to gain access to your router, they would change the log in details and even lock you out of your network system forever.

Step 3: Change your Service Set Identifier (SSID)

SSID is the name that will be visible for your wireless network every time you look for an open network using a wireless enabled device. In case the SSID of your router is set to default by the manufacturer, any would be able to see it if they are looking for an open network around and with some few online searches, they can find out the model number of your router which will assist them access to the settings of your router easily. Therefore, you need to change you router’s SSID available in the network wireless section in your admin page.

Step 4: Lock your Wi-Fi Network

At this point, you need to navigate to the wireless setup or wireless security section of the admin page of your router.

There are various security alternatives available for wireless network routers. For many users, WPA or WPA2-Personal is the perfect selection. You should never secure your Wi-Fi network using WEP. This is WEP is a very older security protocol which is extremely vulnerable to network attack.

Set both encryption and version techniques to the automatic settings. Thereafter you should set a password that you can easily remember but cannot be guessed by anyone else.

With the above steps your wireless network will be secured and no one would easily interfere or gain access to the system.

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08

Oct 2013

Find my IPv6 address on Windows 8

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The following is a step-by-step tutorial that will guide you through the required steps to find your IPv6 address on a Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 laptop or desktop PC.

Step 1: Open Network and Sharing Center

On the Windows 8 taskbar, you should see an icon that indicates the status of your Internet connection. By default, the taskbar is located at the bottom of the screen. The taskbar shows information such as the date, time, and opened programs. The Internet connection status icon is located near the date and time. When you have found the connection status icon, right-click and choose Open Network and Sharing Center from the menu list.

Step 2: Open the Network Connections Window

Now you should have a window open for the Network and Sharing Center. This window is where users are able to view their basic network information and set-up network connections. There is a sidebar for this window located on the right. The sidebar contains navigation links related to the Network and Sharing Center. Find and click the link entitled “Change Adapter Settings”. Once you click this link, a new window will appear with icons for each of your Network Connections.

Step 3: View the Connection Status of your Internet Connection

The Network Connections window gives a graphical interface for each of the active and inactive network connections on your device. There is one icon for each Network Interface Card. For example, if you have both an Ethernet card and a wireless Internet card, you should see two icons – one for each. Some Windows 8 users may have other icons, indicating an additional virtual or physical networks available. However, you are only Interested in the adapter that allows you to connect to the Internet.

Find the icon that identifies your active Internet connection. Inactive connections are identified by a red “X”. If you are connected to the Internet using an Ethernet cable, choose the Ethernet adapter. If you are connected to the Internet via Wifi, choose the wireless adapter.

Once you’ve found the appropriate adapter, right-click on the icon. Select “Status” from the menu list. Now, the Ethernet Status or Wireless Status window should be visible.

Step 4: View the IPv6 Protocol Properties

The Status window shows information concerning your current Internet connection. There are two sections: “Connection” and “Activity”. The Connection section lists the details of your connection. The Activity section lists the number of bytes sent and received through this connection. In the Connections section, there should be a line that reads “IPv6 Connectivity”. If the details to the right of this read “No Internet Connectivity”, you are not connected to the Internet or your network adapter does not support or is not currently using IPv6.

Step 5: View the Network Connection Details

The Network Connection Details provides you with all of the IP address information for your network adapter. If your connection does not use IPv6, but your device supports IPv6, you will be able to see the “Link-Local IPv6 Address”. Next to that is your IPv6 address (for all practical purposes).

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14

Sep 2013

How to Facebook at Work or School

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If you’re one of the many who has trouble accessing your social networking accounts while at work or at school, including Facebook, you may be in luck. The most effective method to bypass the blocked content and access restrictions on company networks is through the use of a Virtual Private Network, or VPN. The second most effective method to circumvent the social networking filter is through the use of a proxy. The third method of getting around censorship overcomes the issues with the first two methods – the secret? IP address.

Issues with VPNs

There are two major issues with using a VPN at work or at work or school. Most companies already have safeguards in place to prevent the use of VPNs. Also, the expense of a VPN may not justify its cost.

Software Requirement

Many VPNs require subscribers to download and install programs in order to access the private network. The problem with this is most employers and education institutions only allow administrators to install software on their computers.

Cost of VPNs

VPNs generally require a paid subscription for access. This makes a VPN less appealing to Internet users who simply want to use Facebook at work or school.

Issues with Proxies

Proxy connections usually require advanced knowledge of network configurations. Not only is this difficult for the average user to implement, but proxies are easily identifiable. The biggest issue with a using a proxy server at work or school is they’re banned. Proxy servers are identified in a few ways:

  1. By port number. Proxy servers usually require an outgoing connection to a suspicious port, such as 8080 or 3128.
  2. By IP address. This is difficult, but possible. Proxy lists are maintained and abundant. They’re so easy to find by users that you can imagine that network admins don’t have any trouble getting their hands on them.
  3. By domain. Proxy IP addresses may not be easy to detect on a network, but web proxies are implemented using a browser. This makes it easy for network administrators to block acces to these proxy servers.

Using Facebook IP Addresses

Most network administrators establish access restrictions according to the knowledge of the average Internet user. Many social network filters only block access to social media websites by the domain name and not the IP address.

Why? Blocking access to IP addresses is usually not a great idea. Some web servers host multiple websites. This means if access to the IP address is blocked, then access to all websites hosted on the same server would be blocked.

Actually, you could visit any website by typing the IP address directly into the browser. The only reason that domain names are used is to make web addresses easier to remember. You can find the IP address of any website by using the DNS lookup tool.

Facebook IP Address: 69.171.247.29

Type 69.171.247.29 directly into the URL bar at the top of your web browser. Happy Facebooking!

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