Is Your Wireless Network A Home Security Breach?

By Jan Sepstrup

Wireless networks for home computers are becoming more and more popular but do you know how to protect your Wi-Fi network?

A recent survey from www.wi-fi.org shows that protecting your wireless network has become one of the top three issues in home security. According to the survey the top three concerns about home security was:
* Locking windows and doors
* Installing a home alarm system
* Securing your wireless network.

More than 40 percent of the survey respondents felt that a protected Wi-Fi network was an important part of creating a safe home.

Is your neighbor using your Wi-Fi network?

Did you know that 17 percent of Americans thinks it’s ok to use someone else’s network. The wast majority thinks using your neighbor’s Wi-Fi is like stealing. They don’t like their neighbors borrowing their signal without their knowledge.

Most new laptop computers have access to Wi-Fi networks as a standard feature. Try taking your laptop for a drive in the neighborhood and you’ll probably discover that your computer can connect to several networks – especially if you live in the city. Some “Wi-Fi snatchers” even put small graffitti marks on walls indicating where your can find an open network.

Only seven out of 10 respondents in the survey had activated their Wi-Fi network security – that leaves 30% of networks wide open. Securing you network does require a little technical knowledge, but most systems come with an easy step-by-step guide for setting up the network security. When you have secured your network you can really enjoy the freedom of Wi-Fi without worrying about bandwidth theft.

Have you checked if your Wi-Fi network is secured?

Can you take your laptop computer across the street and still access your home network? Does using your network require you to logon to the network? If not your network is probably wide open so everyone in the neighborhood can use your network. Maybe it’s time to find the manual to your system and start doing something about your Wi-Fi security before someone starts stealing your bandwidth or worse – gets access to you computer.