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Network Encryption I have been experiencing problems with my wireless and encryted network. It quit working, I had to reload everything in my laptop. My wireless network currently is not encrypted - here's my question: does an encrypted network protect your personal data more so than a network not encrypted? when you turn off your laptop - are others now unable to hack into your data or only when the network is encrypted or turned off? What is the best way to fully protect myself from theft and sharing my network with friends?

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Another thing you can do is use a 3rd party software like NETWORK MAGIC, this software not only sets up wireless printing and shared files it tracks any intrusion onto your wireless network and lets you know if anyone is accessing your wireless and lets you decide through network map to treat any as a threat and not allow access.

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Wireless encryption is first and foremost to keep people from accessing your network without your permission. Due to the strength of wireless routers now and days, its like you just turned on a large flood light in home that says "steal my internet connection!"

Yes, it does provide encryption in the transmissions between your computer and the router, but it will not enhance how any web page works or protect your data any better in your computer.

Best suggestion I can make for you is to not only have a wireless password on your router, but to have one one your computer as well. Do not make both passwords match, and do not make them simple or easily guessed. For example, you may want to include numbers and/or combinations of upper and lower case letters (i.e.: FblackDOG78). Furthermore, you want to avoid using common words in your passwords.

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