At Kisi we go pretty fed up with our WiFi credentials one day- The problem was to share wifi password with the team.
Our first idea
That’s why we looked into password managers like Lastpass
. The problem is: They don’t work because it’s not a browser window.
– For all not super technical folks: Those password managers allow via browser extensions for Chrome, Safari or Firefox to automatically prefill passwords. A manager could then change those from the backend without the user having to think about it. But as said, it works for every browser based cloud software – not to share wifi password – especially wireless passwords since it’s not a browser window but a system window.
The hacker idea
One smart coworker came up with this idea: If there is not much security you could go ahead and steal wireless passwords from your neighbor
. That’s how you don’t have to go with your company’s changes. But I don’t think that will make the IT and security managers in your company too happy (there might be strict regulations which wireless you can and must use).
In the end what we found is that there are two different types of problems:
: Here it highly depends on your endpoint security program. If you e.g. have 802.1x authentication in place (we’ve covered 802.1x and how to avoid it
before on the Kisi community) the IT staff can simply change the user’s individual password. Or if Pre-shared Key (PSK) is used, IT staff can change the global Wi-Fi password (check this post
People might also look for how to onboard a BYOD device. Here’s a bit of an older white paper from Cisco, but modern vendors like Google allow to manage WiFi, Ethernet and even VPN directly from a console to enforce changes.
Some general Wireless or WiFi security advice
We found it a pretty smart idea to turn off the WiFi at night using a timer like this digital 7 day appliance timer on Amazon.