Avoid Using Free Unsecured Wi-Fi Access

150122-f-dw547-001-940x632Watch out! Don’t leave your Wi-Fi Unsecured. You could easily have your identity stolen that way. It’s like leaving your keys in the care with the car running for the identity thief.

Wireless networking has become proliferate throughout the country, and there is a reason for that. It is much more convenient to have an Internet connection that can be moved from room to room within an office or a home. There is only one negative factor to using Wi-Fi access and this can be an extremely negative, unless it is corrected.

The problem with using wireless lies in using an unsecured Wi-Fi access point. By this we mean an access point that has not been protected by a user name and password. There are many users of Wi-Fi, however there are very few people that protect their Wi-Fi connection.

Technology continues to grow and new accessories, features and ideas become integrated to what we already have. For many years we were happy to have Internet, but then as many of us started to spend more and more hours online, more versatility was needed. Laptops became a part of our every day life na d suddenly having to use the Internet with long wires that led from the modem or router became cumbersome, and so wireless internet connectivity was introduced.

The reason you should give precedence to your wireless Internet security is because anyone can connect to that wireless connection within 250 ft of your home. This means a person does not have to be in your home to have access to the Internet, but could be sitting in a car somewhere even a half a block or more away.

So, what? You might think. You may even be wiling to share your Internet access with others. However did you know that a thief could easily steal your identity and your personal information by connecting to your unsecured Wi Fi access point, or by connecting to your information using a free wireless access point? This could end up being a total disaster for you.

Even if a hacker is not targeting you personally he may be using your free access Wi Fi connection to perform his dastardly deeds and to send out mass email mailings, spam, and phishing e-mails. He may be accessing your email account through a free public access point and from there sending out spam phishing emails.

This is the reason you should protect that Wi-Fi connection and avoid using unprotected Wifi Internet access points. This does not mean you have to avoid totally using public Wi-Fi hot spots, but there are public access points that are password protected. When you as a customer ask for the password, you will be given temporary access to the Wi-Fi connection.

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When protecting your own WiFi connection you should use WPA or WPA2 technology, which offer secure protection to Wi Fi access. Often the instructions on how to protect your wireless access point come with the wireless modem or router you bought. You just have to follow manufacturer’s instructions when performing the installation. Stay In The Loop!