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Nobody Is Going To Hack My Wireless Network

“People think, ‘Nobody is going to hack my wireless. What’s important about me? I don’t have that much money in my bank account.'” – Pete Ashdown

According to a recent news article, many people assume they are safe because nobody wants what they have. Pete Ashdown continues…

“All Wi-Fi manufacturers who make these transmitters (have) their software able to have its encryption turned off if you want to. But by default, it comes encrypted,” he explained.

Despite all the news of the dangers of having an open Internet signal, Ashdown says many people are turning the encryption off.

Are you kidding me?!?

There are many more things that mean, nasty people want other than just your bank account information. Think identity theft. Bandwidth theft. Or even just for the “heck of it.”

USA Today says 32 percent of people polled admit they “borrowed” their neighbor’s Wi-Fi. That’s up from only 18 percent in 2008. And while you may not care about someone piggy-backing off your wireless bill, you should probably be a little more concerned. If someone “borrows” your wi-fi network to download illegal material, the authorities may seek out the offender and ask your Internet Service Provider which account was downloading the material. The ISP will point at your house and you may have a difficult time explaining that it wasn’t your fault. After all, it technically was your account that downloaded the material.

Whether mooching off of your unwitting neighbors, or using a complimentary Wi-Fi hotspot connection found at Starbucks, McDonalds, Barnes & Noble and other major retailers, you are exposing yourself to another kind of risk. We recently wrote an article about a Firefox plugin called Firesheep. A computer user sitting nearby your computer in the Wi-Fi hotspot can easily eavesdrop as you email, browse Facebook, and shop online. It has become easy for even a low-level hacker to grab your account logons and payment card information.

Moral of the story…

If you have turned off your wireless security, turn it back on.

If you don’t have wireless security, browse Amazon or Best Buy for a new router with wireless security.

If you don’t know how to secure your Internet, use Google.

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