Securing your wireless access point is imperative. There have been several cases where people drive up and down residential neighborhoods “stealing” WiFi access – what are they using it for? They could be downloading child pornography, using the open access point for terrorist activities, or perhaps they’re downloading copyrighted material like movies and songs. Regardless of what they are using it for, you want to ensure that your access point is secure.Securing your access point is very simple, at a very high level you need to ensure that your computer contains the latest patches and updates to ensure it has access to the latest security services. You also want to make sure that your wireless access point has the latest updates as well.You can visit the wireless access point manufacturer’s site to see if there are any updates available. They will also provide step-by-step directions for updating the firmware in the device.Do not underestimate the web either – do a search on the hardware you are using and you will find a lot of information on securing that particular hardware.So how do you secure your wireless access point and what technologies do you use?The WRT54GC features all the latest wireless security settings such as WEP, WPA Personal, WPA2 Personal and WPA2 Mixed Mode. You can also choose between AES and TKIP encryption.WEP – or Wired Equivalent Privacy is a method to secure wireless networks. WEP is not very secure, and has been cracked easily with readily available software within minutes.WPA – or Wi-Fi Protected Access (and all flavors) is much more secure than WEP. WPA is highly recommended to be used, along with a pass phrase that is longer than a typical 6 to 8 character password. For installations that I have performed, typically we have chosen pass phrases that are between 8 and 63 characters long and that are dynamically (randomly) generated (most pass phrases that I select are 63 characters in length).WPA2 – is more secure than WPA and fully implements the mandatory elements of IEEEE 802.11i standards.AES – also known as the Advanced Encryption Standard is one of the options available to you to secure your wireless connection.TKIP – known as Temporal Key Integration Protocol, is another security method to protect wireless access points. TKIP may be more secure than AES, but it may slow down the connection between your computer and the access point.So how do you secure your LinkSys WRT54GC wireless device?Assuming that you have already have access to the device and have set it up, adding security is simple.Consider changing your starting IP address – the default 192.168.x.x is pretty common and is used as a default installation. You need to alter the LOCAL IP ADDRESS. This is found under Setup > Basic Setup. You can also set the Maximum Number of DHCP Users.Next under the Wireless option name your SSID – make it original! Too many people use the default “LINKSYS” or “DEFAULT”. Use something that will not identify you or your location – I’ve seen some of my neighbors use their hobbies, not wise. You should also consider DISABLING the Wireless SSID Broadcast.Under the same option, click on Wireless MAC Filter. Find out the MAC address for the devices that will connect to your access point, and enter them here. This provides an additional layer of security, even though MAC addresses can be spoofed. Remember to ENABLE the option and PERMIT PCs LISTED BELOW TO ACCESS THE WIRELESS NETWORK.On the LinkSys WRT54GC there is also a button that reads “WIRELESS CLIENT LIST” clicking this will show you who is currently connected to your access point.Finally clicking on WIRELESS SECURITY option, select the SECURITY MODE (recommended WPA PERSONAL or WPA2). Choose the ENCRYPTION (AES or TKIP) and enter the PASSPHRASE – you have up to 63 characters in length, use them all up! Finally set the KEY RENEWAL. I use 3600 seconds.And there you have it – your wireless access point is now secure! The next step is to have your computer access the wireless device, for this you need to take some additional steps. The next part of this article entitled “Connecting Your Secured LinkSys WRT54GC to your Windows XP Laptop or Desktop” walks you through connecting your Windows XP laptop or desktop to the LinkSys WRT54GC that you have just secured.
Security guards are a high demand occupation, particularly in large urban areas, where there is a high concentration of corporate, industrial or governmental facilities.A security guard or security officer is privately and formally employed person who is paid to protect property, assets, and sometimes people (more commonly called a body guard). Often, security guards are uniformed and act to protect property by maintaining a high visibility presence to deter illegal or objectionable actions. The main duties of a security guard include: observing either directly, or via remote means like security cameras. When they detect suspicious or unlawful activity that threatens the property or persons, they generally then take action to protect the property. The particular action various by the type of security guard, armed vs. unarmed, and by the individual circumstance, but typically the first step once a criminal activity has been established, is to notify local law enforcement authorities, then to attempt to contain the criminal activity.The steps to becoming a security guard in the United States, vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, usually the position is open to anyone 18 years or older, with a clean criminal record. The actual job of a security guard can be dangerous at times and very boring at other times. It usually doesn’t require a great deal of physical labor unless you are working at a nuclear site or a defense agency. Most States require a license, but some do not. Security guards are generally hourly employees and typically hourly pay varies from $10/hr to $35+ depending on area of the country and the type of security service you are providing (source: Salary.Com ).Steps in becoming a security guard include : First inquire as to whether or not your state requires a license to work as a security guard. For example in New Jersey starting in 2007 requires all security guards to go through Security Officer Registration Act (SORA) training. the training covers various legal, ethical and operational activities associated with being a security guard. The training also focuses on homeland defense, gang activity and rudimentary CPR and the use of AED . You can find out about the particular training and certification requirements by visiting the attorney general or state police web site of your own state. Or by calling a security company in your state.Next seek out any local security companies that will pay for all or part of your training, if you’re required to have a license. Many companies will offer training provided you agree to perform security guard services for them upon completion of your training.Once you have become associated with a security guard company, you can find out about the various type of security guard jobs and requirements. For example will you be unarmed and guarding a retail establishment or will you be armed working as an armored car guard? Depending on the exact nature of your security guard position additional training or certifications will be necessary. For armed guards a permit (license) to carry a weapon is required. Typically armed guards have better pay than unarmed guards.Security guards are not police officers, because of this they do not have legal powers of arrest, interrogations or evidence collection. They may assist law enforcement in these actions but do not have any legal jurisdiction in such circumstances.Find out what types of contract other security companies have. Contracts are usually short term. Sometimes it’s better to work for an in-house security outfit that’s owned by the company you are providing the security for. Being employed in this manner will stop you from being constantly transferred to new jobs. In-house security jobs usually have better pay and benefits also, as there is no middleman to pay.Once you have reached a certain level of experience, seeking opportunities for with municipal , state and Federal governments, may offer additional opportunities and higher salary. The government is a big employer of security guards. Investigate what is available in your area. If you can get a security clearance, that will add more money to your bottom line and give you better benefits and job satisfaction.