KB Home | Advanced Search | Ask Question
Home » Categories » Multiple Categories

Keeping Your Wireless Network Secure

Keeping Your Home or Office Wireless Network Secure

There are more wireless capable devices available now more than ever, so keeping wireless networks secure to protect those devices is important.

Leaving your wireless network “open” (no password required to connect), can invite unwanted connections. Your neighbor who is in range can jump on to do the basics, like checking email and surfing. Or, he or she can connect and start downloading large files, which will cause a noticeable slow down on the network, and that can be frustrating. Some files being downloaded by a neighbor or someone else may be copyrighted, and penalty by law can occur as a result (for more information about copyrighted material, see our article at http://knowledge.gmavt.net/article/what-you-need-to-know-about-copyrighted-material-online-99.html). If a copy righted file has been downloaded by someone on your network, it will be traced to your IP address and you will be responsible for any charges as a result, even though it was done by someone else. Also, if a person is savvy enough, personal information on your computer could be accessed.

Password protecting your network is a way to keep your wireless network safe. When creating a password for your network, write it down and keep it in a safe place, and only tell people who you want to allow access. It is also a good idea to change the password once or twice a year or more often if you prefer.

Always use a “strong” password. Try to include at least one capital letter and at least one numeric character in your password. Use a password you are going to remember, but make it unique. The password you use for your wireless network should never be the same as your GMA account password, or any other password used to protect vital information (such as online banking, etc.). Avoid using birthdays, pets’ names, phone numbers, etc. Using them as passwords may make it easier for you to remember, but at the same time, make it easier for someone else to figure out.

Attachments Attachments
There are no attachments for this article.
Related Articles RSS Feed
Changing the Wireless Channel on the BEC 7800 Modem
Viewed 2200 times since Mon, Dec 3, 2012
Free Anti-Virus Software
Viewed 1358 times since Tue, Nov 26, 2013
Four Ways to Improve Wireless Connectivity
Viewed 2682 times since Sun, Nov 27, 2011
Do I need Anti-Virus Software on my computer?
Viewed 3214 times since Thu, Nov 18, 2010
Computer Viruses
Viewed 1700 times since Fri, Nov 19, 2010
Information about copyright infringement and file sharing online
Viewed 2501 times since Tue, Jun 29, 2010
Wireless Connectivity Issues
Viewed 3985 times since Thu, Dec 9, 2010
Changing the Wireless Channel on the BEC 7300 modem
Viewed 2109 times since Fri, Nov 30, 2012
Basic Wireless Troubleshooting
Viewed 2702 times since Tue, Dec 4, 2012
Add, Remove or Change Your Wireless Password (BEC 7300N and 7800TN modems)
Viewed 20170 times since Thu, Feb 3, 2011