Connecting to Wireless Networks Safely

When you are out and about, it’s a good idea to be extra safe when connecting to a wireless network that you don’t know. Whether it’s at the local coffee shop or down the street at your neighbor’s house, being careful can help keep your information out of the wrong hands.

The person or business providing the internet can monitor all the traffic that goes across their network, which could include your personal information like log-ins, passwords, and financial information. While most businesses and individuals wouldn’t do that, it is better to be safe than sorry!

When connecting on an unencrypted wireless network – one that doesn’t require a password to connect to it – anyone with sufficient hardware and software can drop in on the information travelling between your computer and the wireless router. This can be especially important for your wireless network at your home or business, as many people think their wireless connection is completely safe being open for anyone to use.

The safest wireless connection is one from your home or business that requires a password to log into the network. Never, ever just use the default router password for your wireless network, either. Those are easy to guess, and easy to crack if someone wanted to cause trouble!

If you’re looking to have a wireless network set up in your home or business, or if you want to have your current wireless network secured, Computer Works offers onsite service to fit your networking needs. Call us to schedule an appointment today!

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