WIFI Security: Creating A Safeguard Around Your Own Fort Knox
You hear them almost every day in any given crowded parking lot – car alarms. Their obnoxious blaring has been the source for many a headache for passersby. And most anyone with a home security system has accidentally set off the alarm at least once or twice. As inconvenient and annoying as the blasting alarm may be, you can at least rest a little easier in knowing that it functions.
Security is very important to just about every single person in the world. Whether it is about personal safety or securing property and possessions, everyone wants to have that sense of safety and security. Thieves in this century are going and have gone a bit more high tech than the nimble cat burglars that made Inspector Clouseau so famous. Information is the new Pink Panther, and anyone's is valuable to online prowlers.
Keeping Your Stuff From Thieves' Grubs
Since the internet branched into WIFI territory, security has become a whole new game and priority. Stressing the real importance of WIFI security has been a bit of an issue from the beginning. Most people are not aware of the necessity for security with their WIFI network. They believe they are safe because they are at home or in the office. Anywhere that is not secured by encryption software and passwords is susceptible to being invaded by an unseen intruder or intruders.
You always want legitimate access to the internet; public WIFI hot spots are not all the same, and "dialing in" to a provider you are not familiar with could end up leading you straight into a lion's den. For home networks, WIFI security should begin before you ever connect online. Any default administrative login information you are given to set yp your wireless network needs to be changed as soon as possible.
Invest in good quality encryption software to help safeguard any personal information being sent out. This really is a definite must for anyone wanting to beef up their WIFI security. It may get you surfing faster, but allowing your laptop to automatically connect to open networks can put you at risk for an info-theft. Changing this feature is one quick and easy way to protect yourself.
There are also a few basic steps you should already be taking to protect your computer, be it a personal computer or laptop:
* Download and run current ant-virus software, especially after downloading anything from the internet. You may also want to look into ant-spy software as well.
* Your firewalls offer some security and should remain up at all times.
* Change your passwords regularly and encrypt any files you send over an open network.