Who doesn’t love the luxury of wireless internet? We can access the world from basically anywhere we are, including our own home. We have access to unlimited information at our fingertips. Gone are the days of using a tedious dial-up connection from your home’s landline. These days our number one question seems to be, “Where’s the WIFI?” However, there are others out there that might try to be sly and use your internet network without your knowledge. Here are a few things you can do to keep your network secure.
Be very cautious about giving out your password and be careful who you give it to. Once you offer that information to someone, they can come into your neighborhood and connect anytime, even from outside in their vehicle.
Make your password something that would be difficult for others to guess or remember. Stay away from something easily retrievable like your phone number or birthday. Using a combination of random numbers, letters and symbols is always best. Unique passwords are essential to protecting your network. Make sure to write your password down and keep it in a safe, secure spot that only you or trusted friends and family would be able to find. That way it is always in an easily accessible place if you forget it.
Having a security program on your computer can be very useful. These programs will alert you if an outside source is attempting to access your computer. You can choose from a hardware or software version. If you like, you can use both. There are a lot of different programs on the market to choose from. Some are even free. Be sure to research them to see which one best fits your needs and budget.
Avoid clicking on suspicious hyperlinks in emails or instant messages. If you do not recognize the name of the person sending you the message, it is best not to open it. Clicking on the link may send you to a site that hosts malware and it may try to download viruses onto your computer. Avoid suspicious web addresses as they can lead to the same results.
Following these tips can help prevent intrusions on your network and computer. Technology is always changing and staying up to date on the different methods and services available will help you maintain your internet privacy and keep your important information safe from prying eyes.
Back to Blog