cyber security: [September 2010]

Security Measures Key to Safe Wi-Fi Use
From "Security Measures Key to Safe Wi-Fi Use" by Jorge L. Valens, SouthFlorida.com, August 20, 2010

Internet users should always protect themselves and their computers while surfing on Wi-Fi networks, experts say. To protect themselves at home, users can utilize security measures available in their Wi-Fi routers and access points such as Wi-Fi Protected Access versions 1 and 2. This type of security protects home networks by securing data between the access point and the computer with government-grade encryption. In addition, users should never leave the default security settings switched on in a home wireless router. Users should make sure to have a strong password, such as the WEP 2 generated password, that mixes characters, numbers, and letters rather than choosing something predictable like their home phone number or leaving the default password. When using a Wi-Fi network in a public place, such as a coffee shop or library, users should stick to sites with a secure connection, typically denoted by a lock on the browser window, and should be aware of any error messages that suggest the site is not secure. 

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