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Here are some fast ways to prevent unwanted visitors on your home wireless network. You'd be surprised how easy it is for someone nearby to hop onto your network if you don't take some precautions. Read the manual of your wireless router and educate yourself about how to take these steps.
1. Change the default administrator username and password. This may sound silly, but this is really the most important of all. If you do all the other steps and not this one, then anyone can easily log into your router and actually lock YOU out! This should be the first thing you do when you log in to your router the first time.
2. Change the Default SSID Anyone out there lurking about looking for an easy network to hack into is looking for the network names (SSID's) that most routers ship with. Do yourself another easy favor and change that name from "linksys" to something just a tad more cryptic.
3. Disable SSID Broadcasting Once you change the name of your network, it's even better if your router isn't broadcasting your name to anyone who walks by with their laptop. This way only people with whom you share the name of your network can find it.
4. Turn on WPA encryption A good strong passphrase that contains 3 kinds of characters will only help keep intruders from guessing their way onto your network, and make it harder for them to crack using other kinds of tools.
5. Enable MAC Address Filtering This last one is perhaps the most overlooked, yet very powerful. Every wireless network card in every computer has a unique alphanumeric code called a MAC Address. (MAC stands for Media Access Control.) It is essentially the license plate for your computer. Only your computer has this specific MAC address. So even if the great hacker out there gets through all your other blockades, your router will deny them if their MAC address isn't yours.
Good luck! Don't be afraid to educate yourself a little when you buy a new router. Read about these basic steps and keep your information safe.
Posted by Eric on
Sep 23, 2011 | Linksys Wireless-G WRT54G Router
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2 - Wireless netbook connection using your home ISP
Another way to get online with netbooks if you're at home is to connect wirelessly to your home router.
It's a very easy process - just turn the netbook on and it will seek out your router. You get a fast connection, good security (if you tell your router to use WPA encryption) and it will usually work anywhere in your house or garden. Several netbooks, laptops or other computers can use your internet connection this way from the same router, so your family and friends can use their netbooks at the same time.
3 - Wifi netbook connection out and about
A really cheap way to get online when you're out and about is Wifi. Many busy locations - pubs, hotels, shopping malls - have "wifi hotspots" which are simply powerful wireless routers that you can use to connect your netbooks wirelessly to the net.
Some are free and can be used by any computers that are nearby. Others are owned by telecomms operators like BT Openzone or mycloud and you need to pay to use them. Monthly subscriptions or pay as you go are available. So are these free and cheap choices ideal for using with cheap netboks?
For anything other than general browsing on netbooks, beware of wifi. The free ones have no security at all, and the others have password protection, but the data you send and receive is not encrypted. This means anyone in the vicinity could snoop and listen in on what you were doing. I don't bother with wifi for this reason.
If you have a wireless router you must know the password you made when you set the router up.
Try also to look in your controlpanel network and shareringcenter.
Hope this was helpfull.
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