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Are You Safe in Your Own Home?

Are You Safe in Your Own Home?

Maybe not.

In fact, Probably Not – if you installed your own wireless router, that is.  Or even if you had someone else install your wireless router, you could still be at risk.  Just today there was a news story of a man who was sitting in his 12th story apartment, minding his own business when a squad of armed FBI agents burst through the door, accusing him of distributing child pornography.  He was, fortunately, innocent.  His WiFi signal had been stolen by a man in a boat almost a quarter mile away, who was allegedly using this usurped signal to distribute his library of over a million child porn images.

How could this happen?

Easy.

And to you.

Every wireless router need to be protected for you to be safe.

  • By default, they are not.
  • Out of the box, they are not.
  • If you don’t personally see to their security, they are not.

There are three levels of security you MUST address.

First, the actual WiFi signal must be secured, requiring a Key to connect to the router.  And it needs to be a complex key.  There are numerous standards from WEP to WPA in several configurations.  WEP is incredibly easy to crack, but better than nothing.  WPA is much more secure.  If using a passphrase to create your Key, you want it to be as complicated as possible.  A combination of uppercase and lowercase letters with numbers is best.

  • Never use a word from the dictionary.
  • Never use your address
  • Never use your name
  • Never use your phone number.
  • Never use your kids’ names
  • Never use your pets’ names.
  • Always use something complex that Your can remember but No One can guess.

Second, You MUST change the Admin login.  Preferably to something other than Admin – and again, with a very complex password.

Third, You MUST change the SSID – the “name” your WiFi signal broadcasts so you can find it to connect to it.  The default will be Netgear (something), D-Link (something), Linksys (something) etc.  Anyone trying to find a “free” WiFi signal that knows what they’re doing will be able to hack a system with the default name if they simply Google the manual for the router & use the default Admin login – if you haven’t changed it.

Attend to these three areas immediately.  If you don’t know how, contact a highly qualified technician to implement them for you.  Contact us for recommendations if you don’t know where to turn.

Name of author

Name: Wizard

Short Bio: The Computer Wizard (TCW). TCW was founded by Warren P. Harris in 1994 to service and repair computers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Relocating the business to Plano, Texas in 1999, TCW continued to flourish when an unfortunate loss of data for a wedding Mr. Harris photographed, caused him to research data recovery options. Realizing he would have to either pay someone to recover the photos or find out how to do it himself, the rest, as they say "is history". Approached by a friend who was a Private Investigator in 2006, Mr. Harris studied for his Investigator's license and began honing his skills in Computer Forensics. The company was renamed DFW Computer Integration in 2015.

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