When moving into apartments in Springfield, the chances are high that you will be setting up a Wi-Fi network within your home to allow all of your devices to access the Internet. Doing so is a great way to get mobile phones, tablets, laptop computers and even video game consoles onto the Internet without the need to run various types of wires all over your apartment.
Before you set up that Wi-Fi network in your home, however, one of the biggest considerations that you need to make has to do with security. Security on a Wi-Fi network is important for a number of reasons.
One of the most important reasons for Wi-Fi security in an apartment has to do with the proximity of your neighbors. Most commercially available Wi-Fi routers are designed to broadcast strong signal connections up to 130 feet or more. Because you are literally surrounded by other residents within that proximity, anybody else in the building who wanted to would be able to easily access an unsecured Wi-Fi network.
This poses an issue for two distinct reasons. For starters, all of the files that you store on your network or on computers or devices that are connected to that network will become available to anyone else on that connection. All of the information on your hard drive including pictures, documents and more would be easily accessible from one of your neighbors.
Another important reason for Wi-Fi security has to do with the fact that you are responsible for the activities of anyone else on your network by law.
If one of your neighbors uses your unsecured Wi-Fi connection to download a feature film and commit intellectual property theft, for example, you are liable for any damages (which could result in millions of dollars in fine or jail time depending on the severity of the offense) if they are caught.
To add security to the Wi-Fi network in your apartment, all you need to do is log into the settings utility of the router and add a password. When adding a password, make sure that you are using a combination of both numbers and letters that don’t necessarily make any sense together to help make it as difficult as possible for other people to guess.
Once that password is saved, all devices that you want to use on the network will need to input that password before a connection can be made.