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#1 Computer Rescue

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 06:21 AM

11Alive did a great job of illustrating the importance of protecting your computers. :clapping:

Wi-fi or Wireless Internet is available almost everywhere. Today, you can access a computers files from your laptop, Smartphone (iPhone, Droid ect.), and even iPad.

Though having that access is great for you it can also be great for strangers. Someone could drive through your neighborhood and with very little skill or training access your personal computer files from the street. How & Why?

How: From their Smartphone to your unsecure Wi-Fi signal broadcasting from your Wireless Router in your home. That router's signal can broadcast up to 500ft away!
Why: Most people are likely just going to use your unsecure Wi-Fi signal to surf the internet but there are those who wish to do more. They can use their laptop, ipad, Smartphone ect. to browse your personal files on your computer.

Most Wireless routers today are designed to “recommend” you put a password on your wireless router but it is optional. Additionally, the password should be unique and not the standard “Admin”, “Password”, or even the common “1234”. Hopefully, it isn’t your street address or your last name either.

We setup & install wireless routers all the time for families & businesses who want to use their new phones, game consoles, and laptops anywhere in their home/business. We do this well and securely.

Securing wireless signals is part of our community outreach. It wouldn’t be responsible of us to install a wireless router without securing the signal. We also feel a responsibility when we discover an unsecure wireless signal to inform the owner.

As a native citizen of this County and a desire to help others I set my company’s standards high. We take care of our customers by not only providing exceptional computer repair services but by simply being a good neighbor.

If you aren’t sure your wireless signal is secure give us a call and for a lot less then you might think we’ll come out and check it for you. If not us at least someone with computer experience.

:excl: 11Alive's Story - Digital Dumpster Diving
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Be safe! :)

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#2 A Former Geek

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 09:54 PM

Excellent advice Steven. Another consideration: I heard of one person that was arrested for child porn when he was really not the guilty party. In fact, the only thing that he was guilty of was having an unsecured wifi connection which his neighbor used for the illegal activity. It was sorted out in the end, but in the interim this guy's life was a complete nightmare.



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Posted 20 May 2011 - 10:00 PM

I have an unsecured signal and no idea how to secure it. The guy that set it up for me wouldn't secure it, he didn't think it was necessary. The problem I have is that my desktop is dead and I use the laptops. Can I still access the info with the laptops in order to secure the signal? I have a netgear router. Thanks for the info, I had no idea that people could access my personal information via the signal.

So you're not from the South, that's okay, you got here as fast as you could.


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Posted 21 May 2011 - 12:43 AM

Oh yeah, we had someone (from a MAJOR GA College), to put some stuff on our old desk top computer. It just sits in the closet now.

It was about 60-75 pictures and of course we couldn't make out what it was suppose to be but, A Friendly Geek walked me through the process of deleting the pictures and files.
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Posted 21 May 2011 - 06:28 PM

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 10:07 PM

I got the PM. I have a friend that is going to help me with it. He is pretty good with computers, but is very familiar with securing Wi-Fi. Thank you for posting this information, had you not, I never would have known how serious this could be.

So you're not from the South, that's okay, you got here as fast as you could.


#7 mei lan

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 10:27 PM

Mine is secure. It took me a little bit to figure it out because I'm not a network person, but I finally did.

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 11:42 PM

For added convenience, if you let the router choose a complex password, I just go with it, then copy and paste it into a .txt file when needed. This gives YOU access to a very complex P/W that only resides on your comp. And if you are using several comps in a network, like I do, be careful about allowing access to the root (c:/) drive. Use your Shared folders for that. Encryption is the key!
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