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.

  1. Choose a wireless router with an encryption feature and turn it on. WPA encryption is considered stronger than WEP.
  2. Consider disabling identifier broadcasting if your router enables it.
  3. 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.
  4. Change the SSID on your router and the pre-set administrative password. Fraudsters may know the pre-set passwords on many wireless routers.
  5. 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.