Securing Your Network

Recently, someone asked about securing their home network because they had overheard a coffee shop conversation where someone needed to look up a map or directions and the reply was, “I’ll just open my laptop and you drive around this neighborhood until we find an open network.”  It’s actually more common than you think and many law enforcement agencies have trained volunteers that do just that… drive around your neighborhood looking for open networks, to teach you how to protect yourself.  It used to be just reminding you to close your garage door, but an open network can lead to breached data and identity theft.  Securing your wireless network is easy, but varies between product vendors.  When setting up your wireless network, make sure you enable “wireless security”, such as WEP, WPA or WPA2.