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Make sure you have a secure wireless connection September 23, 2009

Posted by ctcoberon in Uncategorized.
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You will be surprised to find out that many people never secure their wireless networks. A recent story on the ABC Four Corners program (http://www.abc.net.au/4corners ) highlighted the problem – the story was called “Fear in the Fast Lane”. Some users don’t know about securing their connections, others just ignore it… If you have a wireless network set up at home make sure it’s secured. When you have an unsecured wireless network even people with a basic computer knowledge can connect to your network then they can use your connection for downloading items that will quickly put you over your download limits, they can also see your home network computers and maybe the things you do on the internet.

The Australian Government’s website – Stay Smart Online (www.staysmartonline.gov.au ), has a section on Secure Your Computer that will provide the information you require.
Briefly the steps you should take are:

  • Set a strong password.
  • Turn off your broadcast.
  • Turning off the feature that automatically and constantly broadcasts your wireless network’s name (this is called the SSID)beyond your premises into the local area, and
  • Reducing the power of the transmission (if your wireless equipment allows it) so it reduces the distance that the signal carries.
  • Turn encryption on.
  • Turn WPA on. Choose the strongest encryption method available.
  • Restrict access. Restrict access to your wireless network to specific computers that you nominate. Every computer connected to your network uses a network adaptor, each one of which has a unique identifier called a MAC address.
  • Turn off remote access.
  • Turn off the connection. Turn off your wireless connection when you are not using it.
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