Wireless theft has become a big problem in recent years. Many don’t see the gravity of the occasional free-rider jumping on to their network to check their e-mail. Don’t be mistaken, stealing bandwidth or having your wireless bandwidth stolen can create real problems. Some of the hazards you might face include eavesdropping, theft of data, painful legal hassles or even a conviction for computer-related crimes.
How to prevent theft
What to do if you discover you have access to someone else’s network
How to know if you’re protected
Security systems may be set-up with professional installation. During installation of a wireless modem, talk to your installer about available security features. Also, many wireless modem/routers have a built-in firewall. If you are still not sure if your system is secure, contact Midcontinent Communications Internet Support by calling 1.800.888.1300 or emailing us for more information about your modem and wireless firewall. For more information on router security, contact your manufacturer (linksys, D-link, Belkin).
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Wireless Broadband Theft Terms
Firewall- A piece of hardware and/or software which functions in a networked environment to prevent some communications forbidden by the security policy. With a wireless network you should have 2 firewalls, between your wireless and cable modems and another running on your computer.
LAN- (Local Area Network)- A wired computer network limited to the immediate area, usually the same building or floor of a building.
Wi-Fi- (Wireless Fidelity) - A popular term for a form of wireless data communication, basically Wi-Fi is "Wireless Ethernet".
Sniffer- A computer program on a laptop or a separate device that finds all traffic on a network, it may filter on some specific rules, it may collect that data and/or it may decode the data in real time. Nothing is a secret to one of these programs; connections between devices on a wireless network can easily be found including text messages, financial transactions and file transfers
Wardriving- the practice of driving around an area to detect open Wi-Fi nodes
Warchalking- The act of marking buildings and sidewalks with chalk to let others know about the availability of Wi-Fi access
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