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Now that an increasing number of us are using the power of mobile broadband to keep us connected to the internet, the world of online security is becoming more important than ever. After all, if you’re working or even enjoying leisure time activities on the internet and aren’t suitably protected from outside threats then you could be leaving yourself wide open to all manner of problems.
Simple security measures that can be employed pretty easily are well worth thinking about, even if you consider yourself to be a lightweight internet user. Those who spend even more time on the web, downloading lots of content and suchlike should be even more vigilant. One example where many people don’t realise the potential threat is from others ‘piggybacking’ onto your own connectivity?
Is that an issue?
We’ve all heard of Piggybacking and it’s been a problem ever since people started connecting to the internet using the likes of wireless routers. If you haven’t taken suitable security measures and password protected this connectivity, it is possible to have someone outside your property tap into the same connection. The issue with this is that it can comprise the security of your own computer and also slow down the supply as they use your broadband to do whatever they like.
It really is a simple problem to resolve, because every router has the capacity for being password protected using a Wired Equivalent Privacy (or WEP) convention, which will ensure that anyone trying to get into your supply will be prevented from doing so. Consult your router manual or check out the many tutorials on the internet on how best to configure this aspect, while some good firewall software will also prevent unwanted visits from neighbours and strangers alike.
The same can be said for connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots, the like of which can be found in everything from cafes and libraries through to pubs and restaurants. Having access to wireless connectivity when you’re out and about is a fantastic option, but you need to be similarly vigilant when protecting your interests.
Many of these networks are unprotected or completely open, so use common sense when looking for the network on offer. Be sure not to inadvertently connect to the wrong one, which could spell trouble, avoid logging into sensitive websites such as your bank, for example and spend a little time making your computer as bulletproof as possible.
Some simple tweaks to things like encryption settings and making use of a free utility such as Hotspot Shield will also safeguard you and your machine against any kind of malicious intruders. If you’re not sure that everything is as it should be, then it may just be a better idea to head to another location where you can find a more trusted source of Wi-Fi connectivity.
About the Author: Rob Clymo writes for www.broadbandgenie.co.uk, click for more on broadband UK options.