Consumers and small businesses alike should take basic security precautions when using WiFi -- at home, in the office or at a public hot spot. If you have created your own hot spot or wireless network, this section will show you how to activate the many security settings on your basestation. This section also discusses how to use public hot spots more securely and how to prevent the physical loss of a laptop or handheld.
Password Protect Your Computer
Password protecting your computer is a general security precaution you should take whether you use WiFi or not. On both Windows and Mac OS you can password protect access to the core functions of the computer. Here's a step-by-step video tutorial for Windows XP users. Here's a step-by-step video tutorial for Apple Mac OSX users.
Activate Your Base Station Wireless Security Settings
Use these tutorials to secure your own WiFi basestation.
The below tutorials should help guide you to activate the security settings on your base station. Even if you have a base station other than the brands detailed here, the types of WiFi security are similar from brand to brand.
Password Protect Your Basestation / Change the Default Password
All too often when setting up a WiFi base station users will fail to change the manufacturer's default password. The default password for any base station model is well-known. Anyone within range of a base station using the default user n