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There are multiple reasons to take care when applying wireless security, some more serious than others.
At one level, someone may simply use your internet connection. This may not be too much of a disaster, but it is not right. Why should someone have free access to something you paid for?
At a more serious level, someone could hack into your system, and with the appropriate software and expertise take your computer over, download files, and install a virus.
So what tips should you consider for wireless security?
First of all, there is password protection. Most of us get fed up with passwords, as these days we need so many. However, for wireless security, they really are a must.
In fact, not all wireless networks have a password, so you must make sure yours is not one of them.
Don’t use the password that comes with your router, this is especially the case if the password is quite basic, such as admin, this is not uncommon. It is crucial that the password you do create has both numbers and letters and that it is around 12 characters in length.
Also, consider the service set identified, or SSID code. This is the code that is unique to your router. Ensure that this code is not too obvious, such as your name or address. By all means call it Peter and Paul’s router, but only if neither Peter nor Paul form part of your name.
Then there is encryption. Some servers have this built in, but make sure encryption is not WEP – Wired Equivalent Policy – which is notoriously easy to break into.
Consider Wi Fi Protected Access (WPA) or better still, WPA2. This standard is well regarded, possibly the most secure.
Also, look out for the remote management feature. This is a feature that enables a third party to access a computer. You might think, why would such a feature exist? It can be useful for tech support, at your ISP, for example, to help you with a problem. But if, once finished with, you leave this feature on, and a hacker breaks into your system, you are effectively handing an awful lot of control over to a stranger.
Bear in mind that while wireless network security is essential you also need to ensure that your computer has up to date anti-virus software.
There is one more tip, some software tools can inform you who is using your access at any one time. With such a tool, you can know immediately if someone else has hacked into your system. You can even go one step further and install a signal detection kit, and from this you can find out in what direction a hacker is situated.