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A guide to wireless security


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Why do you need wireless security?

Having wireless internet and being able to move anywhere in your home or at the office is a wonderful feature to have. Ability to use a laptop while mobile has great benefits. Roaming from room to room, or even browsing the web on a hot day in the garden proves the use of wireless technology will inevitably be on the rise. Not just the benefits of being mobile, but also having a wired free home, not having to route internet cables through the house, and avoiding to running cables through drilled walls. However wireless networking has many security issues, and this is why wireless router security and knowledge is essential.

Wireless networks are relatively easy to break into. As a result, it's very important that all wireless users guard against unauthorized access to their home or office networks.

Without wireless router security measures taken means hackers can have the ability to access your router, as they do not physically need to plug into it. Wireless routers use radio frequency and can travel a good distance. Your neighbour or a passer parked outside your house will almost certainly be able to pick up your wireless router and if it is not secure, can hack into it. For this reason wireless router security is crucial.

It is known that hackers drive around looking for wireless networks using their PDA’s or Laptops. If they feel they have found a wireless network which could possibly lead them to something they want, they would attempt to hack it! How scary does that sound?? They don't need to be that clever either to browse the web using your wireless access. It's just a matter of scanning for wireless networks and connecting to insecure routers, which are listed on a windows machine. This is why wireless networks should be secured, and should be secured well.

Either this or you can risk others users using your bandwidth, browsing the web under your ID. Do you know what this means? They can download illegal music, videos and other illegal downloads. They could in fact do anything they like over the web, and the number of dangerous things over the web is endless. Now all this is done under your ID! When ISP's block your Internet connection, and you have a visit from the police, it may be a mountain for you to climb out of. You may not even realise where the real issue is, for all you assume, your kids are not really as innocent minded as you thought. However the real issue is your dodgy neighbors have unlimited access to your internet connection! Not only this, but if they sniff your data, they can get access to your credit card information, and the next thing you know is your bank statement says you have purchased half a dozen expensive items, which you definitely did not actually purchase.

In this guide I will show you how to secure your router, using common wireless router security features. I will be using a Linksys wireless router, though showing you the Linksys wireless router security features. However all routers have the same terminology so all you need to do is follow my guidance whatever your router is. I am not going to bore you with too much terminology. I will just be giving you an over view of what a wireless router security feature is there for and giving you my advice on the best way to configure this to protect your wireless network.

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