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Tips to Secure Your Home Wi-Fi Network

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Going wireless at home allows us freedom, but it also opens up more possibilities of allowing uninvited users like our neighbors or hackers. Eric Geier, author of Wi-Fi Hotspots: Setting Up Public Wireless Internet Access, points out important steps beyond encryption to secure your home Wi-Fi network.
“Hide” Your Network

“Hide” Your Network

Wireless routers, by default, broadcast their network name (SSID) so it will show up on the network list of Windows and other wireless utilities. However, you can disable the broadcasting and manually enter the network name into Windows and any other devices. Since someone must know the name in order to connect, this technique helps prevent hacking attempts. Like with MAC address filtering, hackers can also get around this roadblock, but it serves as another layer of security.

Remember, Wi-Fi security is all about layers, where encryption is the first protective barrier. Once you have your signals scrambled, you can enable other security features. Plus, you should always be careful and follow the other guidelines we’ve discussed.