Wireless internet can be an incredibly convenient way to get online no matter where in your home you may be. But unless your home’s wireless internet network is properly configured, you could be setting yourself up for many security risks, not to mention the loss of sensitive data. Continuing to use a wireless network that is unsecured can result in messages and transactions being intercepted by malicious third parties, not to mention your usernames and passwords being obtained. Once this information has been obtained, identity theft can become a certainty.

Luckily, there are ways to minimize your risk. One way is to stop broadcasting your wireless internet SSID. This, your logon username, is like a beacon to those hackers who scan for SSIDs in neighborhoods. You can stop broadcasting your SSID by changing its name to something that doesn’t reveal personal details. An SSID of this type could be a ten-character name consisting of both letters and numbers that appears to have no relevance. Another way to protect yourself is to set your wireless internet security to WPA-2, and the encryption to AES. WEP encryption, according to the experts is very weak and thus, should never be used.