Wireless Security In The Home

March 30th 2012
By: Melanie

Most of us have Wireless Internet facilities at home but at Intercounty we see that many are setting up wireless home networks in a rush just after they move.  Internet access is so important to so many of us for work and play that we rush through the job to just get connectivity working as quickly as possible. That's totally understandable but it's also quite risky as numerous security problems can result and many of the products don't help the situation as configuring their security features can be time-consuming and counter-intuitive.

Maybe it would be wise to take some steps to improve the security of your home wireless network if you haven’t already. For example have you changed your Default Administator’s passwords and usernames?  

At the core of most Wi-Fi home networks is an access point or router. To set up these pieces of equipment, manufacturers provide Web pages that allow owners to enter their network address and account information. These Web tools are protected with a login screen (username and password) so that only the rightful owner can do this. However, for any given piece of equipment, the logins provided are simple and very well-known to hackers on the Internet. 

On the flip side did you know connecting to an open Wi-Fi network such as a free wireless hotspot or indeed your neighbor's router exposes your computer to security risks? Although not normally enabled, most computers have a setting available allowing these connections to happen automatically without notifying you (the user).  Making sure your home wireless is secure could well be worth while.