Wireless networks are becoming as pervasive as fast food restaurants. As Internet access becomes increasingly mobile and convenient, it's all the more important to ask, how secure is wireless?
- Don't assume the security of public "hot spots." Because public hot spots are open to everyone, there is the possibility that a skilled hacker could access the information you send or receive over the network.
- Don't leave the doors of your wireless network open; turn off your wireless router when you're done using the Internet to prevent someone from gaining access to your computer while it lies dormant.
- Prevent others from using your wireless network by requiring a password to gain access. Piggybacking users can slow your Internet connection and leave your computer vulnerable to intruders.