I didn’t realize that there are still a lot of people who do not really pay attention to securing their WiFi at home. I guess that I have always taken it for granted that once you set up any connection for home use, you install passwords and other measures to protect it. Apparently, in this day and age, not everyone has the same idea.
My colleague was telling me, just last week, that his connection at home seems to be running exceptionally slowly. First thing I asked him: are you using a wireless router? When he said yes, I asked him about a password. Just as I guessed, he said “What password?”
I moved to a new building a month or so ago and have been having problems having wired Internet hooked up. I have a mobile dongle which I can use to a certain extent but guess what? One day, I turned my WiFi on and voila, the laptop automatically connected to some fella’s wireless connection.
The fact is that this is such a common thing. Hotels, shops, and other establishments are also guilty of this neglect. I have a friend who works from home and is entirely dependent on the Internet. When her connection goes down, she simply gets in her car and drives to a nearby hotel where she can mooch.
It may seem funny or amusing, but if an unscrupulous individual gets wind of your unsecured WiFi, you just might get your bum bitten. If I were you, I’d make sure my WiFi is secure. How to do this? Let’s look at this in the next post.