Those of us who had never had issues of identity theft don’t really give WiFi security a thought, until their computer gets hacked, and sensitive information gets stolen; this information could be your bank account log-in, your search history, and other private and personal information that you may or may not want anyone else to know about.
Many of us try to setup our WiFi networks as quickly as possible so that we could begin streaming content to our wireless devices such as laptops, portable gaming devices, and media servers. Often enough people either don’t secure their network with a proper encryption or set a strong password to prevent a hacker from accessing the wireless access point.
In this article we will discuss the different encryption methods available to most people, the importance of setting a strong password, and how to properly configure your wireless modem or router.
There are three different types of encryption methods available to most households, we will only mention two of them, since the other one is structured for businesses and requires other components to make them work. The first encryption method is called WEP or Wired Equivalent Privacy.
The name of this WiFi protection method is very misleading and was termed by IT services Calgary , although it stops your regular non-hacker skilled neighbors from stealing your Internet, it provides hackers a way in just as easily as having no protection at all.
Within a few minutes the password can be cracked and access would be granted to the would-be hacker.
The only viable option left for the average user is to enable a different WiFi protection scheme, called WPA or WPA2 if available, standing for WiFi Protected Access. There is still a catch, these networks can still be hacked unless the user creates a strong password, generally over 12 characters because computers are more sophisticated these days, allowing hackers to test for passwords even quicker than ever before.
Some other methods to insure security:
- Change Default password and username to the wireless modem/router
- Insure that the required settings for your ISP are enabled, including firewall on your modem/router and your PC.
- Try to place your wireless modem/router in the center of your home to insure the WiFi network doesn’t leak out too far from your home, preventing hackers or neighbors from attempting to access your network.
- And last but not least, if you have the to option to change signal strength on your wireless modem/router try to set it to where its accessible inside your home but unavailable outside.
And remember, always practice security with all your wireless device, to reduce the risk of Identity theft.