Since 1999 we have been offering onsite computer repair I’ve come across countless open Wifi networks. If you use a laptop or other wireless device in an urban area you’ve seen them too. Some networks are set up this way to allow others in the neighborhood to share an Internet connection (though your ISP may frown on this). Others because the person lives far enough away from anyone that they believe distance protects them from hackers or the like. After all, sometimes your Wifi signal doesn’t reach much further than the walls of the house.
The problem is that when your network is open pretty much everything you do on your computer is visible to anyone else on that network, if they know how to look for it. And, while you may not be able to see your wireless network very far beyond the borders of your home, most of the people who want to snoop on your connection have much more powerful antennas that allow them to connect over great distances. It’s also not just your data that you need to worry about. You can also be hurt by what the person connecting to your wireless does with your Internet connection.
The good news is that securing your wireless network is a fairly easy and straight forward process. The reality is that most people who want to do bad things with your wireless connection are looking for an easy score. They will likely see that your network is protected and just move on to greener pastures.
Perry Hall PC Repair Wireless Security Service Special
For Only $89 We will come to your home and secure your wireless network to keep your network activity safe from prying eyes. With an Un-secured wireless network your Banking activity, online purchase information is up for grabs
$89 is a small price to pay for peace of mind
Most ISP’s (Internet Service Providers) list their Technical Support phone numbers on their website (You may have to dig and hunt around for it). Write it down somewhere handy (We have ours on a cork message board in our office with other important numbers and other emergency/critical numbers and account info).
Also it is a great idea to also have your routers model and serial number written down as well for when you call for Tech Support.
Having this documentation for your router handy will make the Tech Support call process smoother.
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Many folks setting up wireless home networks rush through the job to get their Internet connectivity working as quickly as possible. That’s totally understandable. It’s also quite risky as numerous security problems can result. Today’s Wi-Fi networking products don’t always help the situation as configuring their security features can be time-consuming and non-intuitive.
Why your router needs to be secured:
Increase bandwidth usage. Most ISPs provide a set amount of bandwidth from data transfer to and from the Internet. Many times if you were to go over that limit you would be charged a specific amount per gigabyte or worse your account could be disabled until the next billing cycle.
Providing access to local resources. When someone is connected to your router, they may be able to access to your local computers since they have gained access to the local area network managed by your router.
Anything that happens online can be traced back to you. You ISP (Internet Service Provider) assigns an IP address to you that you use when connecting online. All data that you request online is sent to your unique IP address. If someone who you don’t know connects to your router, and then does something illegal, such as hacking, malware-related, or worse, law enforcement can will track the IP address right back to your wireless router. This can have serious consequences for you if this does happen.
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