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  •  I just had a look at what wireless my computer (0+ / 0-)

    says are nearby.  There are two others besides mine, but we're all secured with passwords, so an ordinary person couldn't use any of them without the password.

    •  Securing your home wireless connection (4+ / 0-)
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      Since there are such a wide variety of wireless routers out there I can't be specific as to the exact settings for your particular model.  You'll have to read your manual for the specifics, but in general here is what you need to do.

      There are three main things you should do to secure your wireless connection. 1)Try to prevent someone from accessing the router itself, 2)try to prevent others from accessing your wireless signal, and 3)if they do get access to your signal, make sure it is encrypted as it passes through the air so that anything they access would be useless to them.

      Some things to look for.

      1. Make sure you have changed your router's administration password. I can't believe how many wireless routers still have their default password (usually something like "admin"). Also, if your router supports it, turn remote administration off.
      1. Set up your wireless network name (SSID) for your router and all the wireless cards of your PCs. Here again, make sure you change this name from the default setting that your router shipped with. If you can, turn off SSID broadcasting.
      1. If your router supports it, use MAC address filtering to insure only your computers can access your wireless signal.
      1. To encrypt your wireless signal as it passes through the air, be sure to set up pre-shared WPA (preferred) or at the very least WEP encryption keys.

      All of this information should be in your wireless router's manual.

      Good luck.

    •  It's not "ordinary people" (0+ / 0-)
      who will try, most likely.   There are a lot of hack attempts coming out of China and SE Asia and the Eastern Bloc countries (think Al Qaeda) who have very sophisticated brute-force-password programs that they run against machines, millions of word/names per minute in all languages until bingo, your password comes up.

      That's why the passwords should always be at least 8 or more characters, with a combination of letters, numbers & symbols, whenever possible.   If you use a name, spell it backwards and use a number/symbol in the middle.  No kiddin'.

      Many of my clients have initially had the attitude of, "Why would anyone want to get into my lil' ol' machine?"  And then I find that they do their financial tracking/online banking with that machine, or have all their SSN numbers stored on there.  

      Trust me, American identities are at a premium in today's world.  (Which makes it likely to me that the person who just happened to "take home" millions of US service personnel private records in a laptop and then the laptop is stolen in a "robbery", most likely sold that information for lotsa money now in a Cayman Island bank account.  My strong speculation.)

      So what you need for your wireless machine/home network is a wireless NAT router, preferably with WPA capability.  Set up properly and you really can basically relax about it.

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