Is Your Wireless Network Safe?
More and more consumers are taking advantage of the falling prices of
technology and the increase of features. One of these technological
advances is wireless networking. This makes it possible to connect
two or more computers to the internet as well as to each other with the added
benefit of sharing files and printers.
One of the reasons for the popularity of wireless networks is that residential
installations are rather difficult to wire as compared with the removable
ceiling panels found in many commercial establishments. Now wireless
networks are proliferating in most neighborhoods and Bellaire, Texas is no exception.
However, this has not gone unnoticed to wireless crooks. Since
the range of wireless networks is up to 300 feet, it is possible to park
outside a residence with a portable computer and tap into your wireless
network. If you have any shared files or directories, it is a simple
matter for the wireless crook to copy them to his computer.
There is a way to make this difficult if not impossible for the wireless
thief. Wireless access points come with a variety of security options
that can be enabled by the computer professional to secure your system.
The reality is that a good number of wireless installations are unsecured
and therefore open to attacks. Make sure that your wireless network is
My insurance company had me sign a paper saying that I did not have any WEP
encryption keys in use and that all were WPA or better.
Dale R. Gibble
For more information, call 713-827-1300.