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hi guys...

so i have a wireless router setup at home - and in the "view wireless connections" - mine shows up as "unsecured"

that is NO GOOD

can someone guide me through the process of making it become a "security enabled" / locked network? i don't like the idea of people being able to use my wireless service for free!

thanks guy!
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Which router do you have? There are typically several steps you can take to secure a wireless network. First, change the SSID of the network to anything other than the default. Second, disable broadcast of the SSID. These two together make it very difficult for someone to find your network (the network name isn't shown, and people can't hunt you down by the very few default names out there). Also, enable whatever kind of encryption your router has. You'll then have to enter that encryption key on all of your wireless devices. You can also enable MAC address filtering. Each network device has a unique address. Enter these in the router setup, and only the identified devices can access the network.

I'm not convinced these steps will slow down a dedicated hacker for very long, but they will do a great job keeping the vast majority of people away from your network.
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Just turn on WEP or WPA on your router
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Originally Posted by Taeric
Which router do you have? There are typically several steps you can take to secure a wireless network. First, change the SSID of the network to anything other than the default. Second, disable broadcast of the SSID. These two together make it very difficult for someone to find your network (the network name isn't shown, and people can't hunt you down by the very few default names out there). Also, enable whatever kind of encryption your router has. You'll then have to enter that encryption key on all of your wireless devices. You can also enable MAC address filtering. Each network device has a unique address. Enter these in the router setup, and only the identified devices can access the network.

I'm not convinced these steps will slow down a dedicated hacker for very long, but they will do a great job keeping the vast majority of people away from your network.
That's great advice. I've done this with my network and it's awesome. Connections are just as fast and I've got the peace of mind to go with it.
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is the wireless router your modem, or is it connected to your modem? try 192.168.0.8 or 192.168.1.1 is IE explorer address bar.
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