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Verde Valley Computer Club
By Dave Olson
Users Helping other Users and the non-technical.
Sunday, October 20, 2013

Home Networks

 Dave Olson

Today there are devices in the home used to communicate and entertain which needs an Internet connection. The devices can be stationary or mobile.

The equipment to enable this is a 'router'. The router creates a home network so the devices can be connected wirelessly. Very similar as what is found in many businesses providing the public with access to the Internet. When connected it's imperative to keep your data as secure as one can. Public access usually is not secure. Home networks should always be made as secure as one can. There are nosy neighbors and "war-drivers" looking for non-secure networks to connect their devices and could easily do harm to your computer/data.

To keep this from happening the router needs to be secured. Securing the router is done by way of a username and password. The username is to identify your network and can be any length or description. The password, as with all passwords, the longer, more unique the better.

Think of a sentence or event you have knowledge about and use the first letter of each word. Add in numbers and special characters if you'd like. Example: OfAhwbab1946iC (Our first Arabian horse was brown and born 1946 in Canada).

Your devices use this username and password to connect to the home network.

Keep in mind when connected to the Internet the data sent or received may not be secure. Email is like a postcard, anyone that wants to read it could do so. Public Wi-Fi is probably not a place to do your banking, purchase items on line, etc.

Curious about the fundamentals of home networking and how to keep your Wi-Fi traffic secure contact a computer club, library, or an educational facility.

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