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7. Wireless > 68. Protect Your Home WiFi Network

Protect Your Home WiFi Network

The bad guys don’t just target corporate networks. If you have a WiFi network at home, intruders are after you as well. Here’s how to keep your network and all your PCs safe.

Your home WiFi network is an open invitation to intruders. It’s like leaving your front door wide open and putting a sign out front saying, “Come in and take anything you want.”

That’s because WiFi broadcasting doesn’t stop at your front door, or even the walls of your house or apartment. It leaks out through them. Anyone with a WiFi-connected device passing by can detect the signal and easily connect to your network [Hack #65] . And once they’ve connected, they can do much more than just steal your bandwidth; if you’ve enabled folder-sharing on any PCs, they can get at your personal information and files, delete files, and wreak a lot more havoc than that.


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