Using a Wireless Network
If you use a wireless network in your home, take precautions to secure it against fraudsters. Encrypting wireless communications is the first step.
- Choose a wireless router with an encryption feature and turn it on. WPA encryption is considered stronger than WEP.
- Consider disabling identifier broadcasting if your router enables it.
- Note the name assigned to your Wi-Fi network. This name – called an SSID, or Service Set IDentifier – lets you connect your computers to the network manually. The SSID is often the equipment maker's name.
- Change the SSID on your router and the pre-set administrative password. Fraudsters may know the pre-set passwords on many wireless routers.
- Consider turning off your wireless network when you're not using it.
Remember that public hot spots may not be secure.
- Avoid accessing or sending sensitive personal information over a public wireless network.
- Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to encrypt your activity while on a public wireless network.