Unsecure wireless internet connections are tempting. With just a small click of the mouse anyone who is seeking an internet connection can just hop onto an unsecure wireless network and surf the Internet. While it might seem as if having an unauthorized user hop on your internet connection wouldn’t be so bad, it really can cause a lot of problems. Unauthorized users on your wireless connection have access to all other computers on your network and even access to your internet habits right down to passwords and private communications.
If you wish to avoid having unauthorized users on your wireless connection, it is important that you secure your wireless connection as best you can. Here are a few steps you can take to secure your wireless connection and prevent random users from gaining access to your personal information and internet habits.
Use Encryptions. WiFi networks have the ability to allow all transmissions between the computer and the wireless modem to be encrypted. Encryption will scramble the information and make it nearly impossible for people to decode it. Although most wireless modems have the ability to encrypt the data, these modems are not sent to users with the encryption software enabled. This requires that the computer user must go in and manually turn on the encrypting software.
Use a Firewall for Your Computer. Many WiFi users assume that since their wireless router comes with a firewall they are completely protected. That is not the case. Modem firewalls only prevent those outside the network from harming your computer. If a person is within range of your modem and can get into your network, you open the door to them accessing your computer and information. Installing a firewall on each individual computer will prevent unauthorized users who are inside the network from gaining access to sensitive information.