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Secure your wifi connection

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Suppose you neighbors are child porn freaks. They download lots of it through your unprotected wifi. Months  go  by , then  suddenly the FBI is knocking YOUR door down with military rifles pointed in your face. Your dog gets shot right off the bat.

This  happens too frequently. To protect yourself , you  must secure your wifi connection. At the least, uninvited guests will be leaching your bandwidth, slowing you down to a crawl.

To  secure your network, you simply run  your router's setup utility. Here are some sample images of what you are looking for. Make sure you add a password and try  to use  Wep2 for security. This will keep the pervs and leaches away. If someone asks to use you network, tell them you don't Have the bandwidth. And then act stupid.

You may have to google your routers manual to find the steps to enter setup and change the settings.

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The admin password only allows you to make changes to the router's settings. Change it. It is usually admin or password,or 1234.

THe wifi password will keep out everyone else. Make it unique. Write it down.

Have fun naming you network. If you have bad neighbors , could use "neighbor in room 1A is a thief... :evil:

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I registered a couple of days ago, and when I came to login a little while ago, it said user does not exist, and all of my posts were deleted, too. What happened?

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I registered a couple of days ago, and when I came to login a little while ago, it said user does not exist, and all of my posts were deleted, too. What happened?

Did you post advertisements?

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Good point, KC.  Speaking to an IT professional from the U.K., he told me that the British law enforcement actually considers an open residential WiFi to be suspicious and worthy of investigating for child porn.  The reason?  For a period, many where using the defense that it must have been someone else on their open WiFi (that they, of course, claimed to have no idea how to secure) AND that the perv hacked their computer and planted images as evidence.

There was actually one case in the U.S. where a man DID hack his neighbor's WiFi (I believe it had been encrypted with WEP), planted child porn on the computers, and other malicious activities.  His purpose was to deliberately get the neighbor in trouble as part of a long-standing a feud between them.  It was a challenge, but the innocent victim was able to get a fair investigation but not until after his reputation and life was completely trashed.

Bottom line:  ALWAYS secure your WiFi with WPA2 using a strong password that you don't keep in plain sight or share.  Additionally, keep all computers patched with current updates and install a good anti-malware program (Norton Internet Security is my top recommendation) on every computer.

There's one more step I always recommend that is so often overlooked but solves over 90% of computer malware problems (better than antivirus):  Create a separate "standard user" account on your computer and only log in with that account.  The default account created under Microsoft Windows and Apple OS X have full admin rights.  By putting a password (that you'll remember) on that account and then creating a second standard account for normal use, you significantly reduce the threat of rogue websites, email viruses, and most other malware because your computer will pop a request for an admin username and password before doing anything that could harm it.

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thanks for the advice!

you know, there are also risks to their privacy?

If I have documents on my computer (in folders cloud) there is a risk that those who had access to my wi-fi has been able to steal?

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