Good Reasons to Lock Down Your Wireless Network
Aside from some of the “obvious” Security issues with Wireless / WiFi Internet (Do I need to summarize it? Click on the above link to review the obvious), one may want to ask themselves about other more practical implications of not securing your home/business wireless network.
Consider simply the cost of the service. It is clearly not free nor is it free to maintain.
- Why would you want your neighbors (I love my neighbors, but let them pay for their own access) to get a free ride on access to the internet, assuming that they are only hijacking your internet access… Hmmm
- Additionally, you may want to consider a performance angle. How many people may download videos or music on your internet access before it annoys the heck out of you?
Be a good neighbor…
“If you see your neighbor’s Wi-Fi in an unsecure state (e.g., open access) let them know. Don’t assume the owner configured the device, perhaps it was a more technically savvy neighborhood high school student or a for hire network installer — who in both cases failed to put a WPA2 password in place.”
You can easily check for Secured Networks by looking for a Padlock next to the name of the Wireless Network.
Certainly you need to make sure that your own Network is secured, but be a good neighbor, and let your “Networking Neighbors” know if their network is not secured.
Magnus frater spectat te
(Big Brother is watching you)