This technologically advanced age has made it possible for people to talk and see each other no matter how far apart they are. Gone were the times when people used to send messages though “snail mails” because there are now several messaging applications and platforms that work as if you are talking side by side. Sending foot soldiers to relay an urgent message to another kingdom can now only be seen in movies and even the people portraying them may be currently enjoying watching themselves through high-definition streaming sites – the legal kind that makes you pay or lets you subscribe. Even remote villages can access download portals with the speed of 1GB (Gigabit) per second and share files via mobile hotspot or bluetooth. When bored, one can just swipe open his or her smartphone and surf the web or play online games through the 4G cellular internet connection and even do a live broadcast of what is going on. And last but not the least, hotels, restaurants, and other establishments such as libraries are now equipped with fast WiFi (Wireless Fidelity) connection. These are just a preview to the current generation’s kind of lifestyle.
Of course, it is not just individuals who benefit from the use of wireless network technologies. Organizations also made sure to utilize these developments. Processes and tasks became easier, thanks to internet and wireless technology. Some businesses invest on technology development because it is where the profit is nowadays. And why not? With every turn of the head, there is an evidence of wireless network technology usage. From the smart watch your brother is wearing, the tablet computer your boss is using in preparation for a presentation, to the latest WiMax movie at the cinema… it is everywhere.
I am currently working with a shared services company which is very technologically advanced in terms of tools, practices, and processes. Whenever there are new technological discoveries, we try to employ them especially if they will be deemed relevant and useful to our organization.
As far as I know, our company uses the fastest (4G LTE) fiber optic cable network for internet access that’s why the available bandwidth can sustain all units although to ensure that there will be no problem with the bandwidth allocation, we have policies that restrict access to some websites such as Facebook and YouTube.
At our office, we have some trendy machines and gadgets that have Bluetooth-connectivity which is very convenient for us. It will also be good if we can do live streams or broadcasts whenever there are big events so that employees who cannot come due to heavy workloads or schedule conflicts can be updated trough our company site.
But of course, there should be proper guidelines and standards to guarantee safe usage of the wireless networks:
First: Only connect to WiFi networks that you know or trust to avoid possible unauthorized access to your system. Immediately report misuse or abuse of the wireless network or associated equipment to the IT security team.
Second: Installation of wireless network interface adapters should be handled by authorized personnel.
Third: Just choose recommended security software, hardware settings, patches, and protocols to access the company’s wireless networks.
Fourth: There should proper bandwidth allocation. An unsecured computer may have problems that might result in high bandwidth usage. Possible problems can be infections by worms or viruses and compromised systems due to malicious spyware programs.
There are still a lot of things to consider to achieve safe usage of wireless networks but these four are the most common and obvious. What is important is being aware of the responsibilities in using such technology to avoid future conflicts.
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