These instructions will work on any windows computer version 2000 and up.
In order to secure your connection you need to gain access to your router's control panel. To do this we go to Start>Programs>Accessories>Command Prompt. From here type in: ipconfig
Press ENTER to execute the command. A list should be returned listing some IP Address. Look for the one associated with, "Default Gatewaty."Here is a picture
Afterwardopen your Internet Browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc...) andtype the IP Address associated with the default gateway into theaddress field of the browser. DO NOT add www. or .com. Afterward pressENTER or click GO as if you wanted to visit a website.Here is a picture
Onceyou're at the control panel you will probably be asked to log in. Ifyou do not know your login details you can always try the default. Tofind these you can either search your router's user manual or head tothe onlin
e search enginesentering your router's manufacturer's name, the router's model #, andthe words, "default password" into the same search request to bring upthe default login credentials. For example:
Linksys WRT54G default passwordHere is a picture
If you still can't manage to log in to your router's control panel you will have to contact the technical support department of your router's manufacturer asking them for assistance in resetting the login user ID and password of the router.
Once you manage to log in to your router's control panel. Look for anything hinting Wireless security or Wireless settings. Once found look for the region which controls settings on wireless encryption. You will want to encrypt your wireless connection with the WPA-PSK authentication method using the TKIP encryption. If there is no such option, just use WPA encryption.
Afterward use a passphrase to make a wireless security password, or just make your own password. Make sure to write down the pass-phrase and/or the password as you will need it to connect to your wireless connection at a later time. After you save your settings in the router control-panel your Wireless Internet Connection should be secured.
Let us know how it works.