If you’re using an open home wireless network…beware!

By | March 10, 2011
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If you’re using a home wireless network, you really should consider securing with WPA2 security. There are many videos on the web showing anyone can make a high-gain Wifi antenna with a Pringles can, a copper wire, and a couple of nuts and bolts and grab wireless signals from 1/4 to 1/2 mile away from an open router. And if a criminal gains access to you wireless signal and does illegal things, guess whose house the cops will be coming to  – that’s right: Yours!

Most routers made within the last year automatically set up  your connection with WPA2 or WPA3 security. If your router is older than that, you’ll have to set up your secure connection manually following the instructions available from your router manufacturer’s web site. Normally, you’ll need to open your browser and type in http://198.168.1.1 – but it varies with the brand and mode of wireless router you’re using.

So the brand name on your router and visit the web site of the manufacturer and get the information you need to secure your wireless connection.  According to data from the Cyber Crimes unit, at least 30% of you are still using open wireless connections. If you continue to use an open connection not only can criminals use your connection (from miles away) for criminal activities, they can also store things on your computer and even access files on your computer. And while they’re using your connection you won’t know the difference – it’s very difficult to detect.

So…if you’re using an ope wireless connection. Today is the day to secure it with a strong password and WPA2 (or better encryption). If you need motivation to do it, watch the video below:


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