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We all use wireless networks and most of the Internet users have their own Wi-Fi routers at home, that is really convenient, especially if you have a couple of gadgets, that need an Internet connection. But the main problem with those is that users actually stop thinking about the security of their home wireless network after setting up a password, we at Jammer-Store have seen that ourselves. Setting up a password is just a first step, you will have to do more than that to make sure your Wi-Fi network is safe.

Setting up a proper security measures for your wireless network is not really easy, but a really important task. A brilliant example of what the unprotected network may lead to is the story of one guy from Buffalo. At one sunny day the cops broke into his house and arrested him for downloading huge amounts of child pornography, and that is a federal crime.

As you’ve probably guessed the only thing he did wrong was an unprotected wireless network. And those Wi-Fi hotspots can be really vulnerable. That guy’s 25-year old neighbor has appeared to be the culprit, he has hacked his network and has used his Internet access for downloading that illegal content. All that situation has ended with a seizure of computers from both participants of the incident and quite hard litigation.

WiFi-Vulnerability

You may say that it is impossible, but due to the strict surveillance on Internet users, some of us may get into the similar trouble. The recent research of Wi-Fi Alliance industrial group has shown that merely one third of all users have tried to get an unauthorized access to somebody’s wireless network. And the growth of smartphone users, which may be used for hacking and the vulnerabilities of the Wi-Fi encryption protocols may lead to even worse statistics.

Even if the hacker won’t try to use your router against you, like it was with that guy from Buffalo, the hacker may just use your Internet connection and make its speed really slow. And if the security policies are not strictly configured – he may be able to get an access to your computer, smartphone or tablet. That’s why we have decided to provide you with some simple rules you may follow to avoid trouble.

1) Use WPA2 encryption only. Most of home wireless routers support that protocol, but some old devices may work only with the vulnerable WEP algorithm. And you should have a strong password, and make sure that is not a widely used word, because in that case it may be hacked with a simple Brute force.

WPA2-Encryption

2) Set up a MAC-address access. If you have a limited number of devices that connect your network from time to time – it would be wise to define their MAC addresses and set up an access only for those gadgets. That is not really convenient and won’t give you a 100% guarantee that the network is safe, but it will make hacking much harder.

3) The main problem with any Wi-Fi network is the fact that you can not limit its broadcasting, and it may be visible from far outside of your house. That is why we recommend you to use a Wi-Fi signal jammer, which will be able to limit its radius significantly.

Keep an eye for your wireless networks, because they may endanger your private data an may even lead to much worse consequences.

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