I have seen many different styles of attack over the past few years. With a little bit of education and good security software you can prevent most of these. However, your WiFi network can be a major security risk and it does not matter if you are a home or business user.
Your WiFi password is there to prevent un-authorised use of your internet connection but if your router settings are left to default then you are open to someone using your WiFi. If they can access your WiFi then they can do the following and more:
- Access illegal websites, if this includes criminal activity then that will be tracked back to you. It is then up to you to prove that it was not you.
- Monitor the network traffic to gain usernames and password. This is known as sniffing.
- Access files and folders on your computers. These computers just need to be on your network, not just your wireless network.
- Send spam email.
- Encrypt all of your files including documents, spreadsheets and photos.
If you are using the settings that came with your router then you are at risk as these all have security flaws. Just Google “default passwords” or “default router passwords” to see how easy it is to calculate your password. I can help you, it requires a visit to your home or office, but I can set up a secure WiFi network for you, your family and your staff.
Your email password is the most important password you have as far as identity theft is concerned. If a hacker knows your email address and password then they can:
- Change your email password preventing you from accessing your emails
- Reset passwords on other websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, LinkedIn and then pretend to be you. On Amazon they could buy things using your credit card and have them delivered wherever they like.
- Send spam emails to all of your contacts.
Please keep your email password safe and change it regularly. Use numbers, symbols as well as upper and lower case letters.