Other wireless security guidelines
To keep the wireless network secure, follow these guidelines:
Use a wireless password with at least 20 random characters. You can use up to 64
characters in a WPA wireless password.
Avoid any common words or phrases, easy sequences of characters (such as all 1s), and
personally-identifiable information for wireless passwords. Always use random strings
composed of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and if allowed, special characters
such as punctuation.
Change the default wireless password provided by the manufacturer for administrator access
to the access point or wireless router. Some routers let you change the administrator name as
Turn off administrative access over wireless if possible. If you do this, you need to connect to
the router with a wired connection when you want to make configuration changes.
Turn off remote administrative access over the Internet on your router, if possible. You can
use Remote Desktop to make an encrypted connection to a computer running behind your
router and make configuration changes from the local computer you are accessing over the
To avoid accidentally connecting to another party's wireless network, turn off the setting to
automatically connect to non-preferred networks. This is disabled by default in Windows XP.