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Wireless Networking And Security Issues - Are People Tapping Into Your Wireless Internet Service?

More and more people are taking up wireless networking of their home and business computers. It's obvious why. It is so much more clean and convenient. Who wants a  spaghetti bowl of wires at the back of their computer gathering dust and getting all tangled up. Using a laptop anywhere in the home or office to connect to the internet is a much better idea. Plus, wireless networking services are becoming more widespread and cheaper making it an even more attractive way to go.

So although there are some great benefits to using wireless networking in your home and business, there are also security issues associated with it.

In short, can people who shouldn't be accessing your wireless network, access it ? Could people be using resources you are paying for? Or, on a more sinister note, could people with bad intentions have access to your personal information?

You need to be aware of the security risks involved with using a wireless network and take appropriate precautions. Here are some things to consider.

A wireless network is sending data out and anyone can access it. So the way to preserve the integrity of the data is to encrypt it. The first networks had poor encryption that was fairly easy to crack into. If you are using a wireless networking service find out how they encrypt or secure the data they send out. For instance, Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) encryption is outdated and can easily be cracked.

Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA and WPA2) security protocols are more secure and more of an industry standard these days. Some companies add extra encryption protocols such as Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) and Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) to make their networks even more robust.

The take away is, if you are thinking about using a network ask how secure or encrypted it is. Also ask what you can do to get the most encrypted setting without affecting the service provided.

On a more personal level, to access a wireless network, you are usually given a username and password that gives you access to the router. You should always change this to something that is hard to crack. In reality, this is the most common way that unauthorized people access wireless networks.

Although the username can be something meaningful to you, best practice for a password is to use upper and lower case words, numbers and even symbols. You should also think about changing the password every once in a while to be particularly safe.

On this point, you should also refrain from connecting to open wireless networks. The lure is free internet access but you are also exposing your computer to potential security risks like viruses, spyware and other malicious programs.

If you are concerned about your wireless network security then we can certainly help. We can run through the encryption and authorization settings so that you know that unwelcome guests aren't using your network.

Posted By david on 13th October 2012

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