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« Secure Your Wireless Router

We have posted on this a couple of times in the past, but it bears repeating: Make sure that your wireless router is secured!

Wireless routers are becoming a common device in homes these days. If you have a laptop, you probably also have a wireless router. But, many owners do not take the time to secure the device before they start using it. In our neighborhood, I have found 3 unsecured devices in just our immediate area. If you live in an apartment or a condo, you will probably be able to find many more than that.

So, here are some basic steps to take to make sure that your wireless device is setup to prevent unauthorized use by others:

Until you complete these steps, your wireless network is not secure. If it is not secure, that is probably the reason for the strange cars that are parked outside your business at unusual times. They have found a “wide-open” wireless network and are surfing the Internet using your router. That means that your data could be vulnerable. Additionally, the more people on your network, the slower your Internet connection will be. Follow these steps to keep yourself protected.

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6 commentsto “Secure Your Wireless Router”

  • January 20, 2008
    rich wrote

    You have a great site here with some good resources. I took the liberty of enjoying this tutorial and posting it on my blog as well as this site. Cheers!

  • January 20, 2008
    Anthony wrote

    Hey Rich – thanks for the compliments and for commenting…

  • March 5, 2008
    Lost wrote

    Useless.. It does not go on to show how to disable/change the name of the router’s SSID or any of the things that was suggested.

  • March 6, 2008
    Anthony wrote

    Hi Lost,
    I think maybe “useless” might be a little strong… haha.

    Obviously, you have no idea how long this post would be if we explained how to perform EACH of these steps on ALL of the brands of wireless routers in operation today.

    Plus, some people (no names mentioned) would probably need lots of pictures and those would take up even more post space.

    Whew – that would be a lot of work. Check your router documentation or the manufacturer’s web site. Or, let us know what brand router you have and we will try to help. :)