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  •  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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