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Wireless network protection

Stop fraudsters from hijacking your wireless home network

Many laptops and handheld computers now come with built-in wireless networking.

And the most common wireless device that could introduce risk at home is the wireless router used to connect your computer to the internet.

Most wireless routers are delivered without their security features turned on. Leaving your wireless network unprotected could be an open door for nosy neighbours - or even worse - malicious attackers searching for wireless networks to break into.

Attackers who access your network could anonymously hijack your internet connection and steal personal information stored on your computer.

How to secure your wireless router at home

If you are not sure how to do complete some of these tasks, ask someone with computer experience whom you trust to help.

  • Refer to the documentation that came with your hardware to find out how to protect the router
  • Make sure that every computer using your wireless router has a firewall
  • Switch off the SSID broadcast - this is the name of your wireless router
  • Use a unique password to access the wireless router