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Wi-Fi network security tips

Anthony Diaz -

Your Wi-Fi network doesn't stop at the walls of your home or office. It can extend more than 300 feet from your wireless router. People who can connect to your Wi-Fi network might be able to:

  • Monitor websites you visit and copy your usernames & passwords
  • Access files on your computer and spread a virus
  • Send spam or perform illegal activities with your Internet connection
  • Use up bandwidth, slowing your computer or connection

It's important to secure your Wi-Fi network to protect your personal devices and information. Below are some recommendations for keeping your connection safe and secure.

Install the latest firewall and antivirus software (like McAfee, Norton, etc.) updates on each computer that accesses your network.

Most modems, routers, and gateways offer online options to change your device settings. Change the equipment's default password to a customized password to prevent other users from accessing or changing your settings.

Your Wi-Fi network name (SSID) shows up whenever anyone searches for networks in your area. Change the name to discourage someone from trying to hack into your network or attempting to connect to your network accidentally.

Using Wireless Network Security requires all users to enter a Wi-Fi network password (key) to access your network. There are several types of encryption including WEP and WPA, so choose the one that is best for you. Many third-party routers have encryption disabled by default.

For assistance with a modem or router device, visit the manufacturer's website for support.