Privacy Peril: It’s a Wi-Fi War Out There

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As many of us are now quarantined and working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, remote Wi-Fi network security becomes especially important. Although said many times, it bears repeating – change your default Wi-Fi router password to one that is memorable but complex. Default router passwords are easily obtainable through a quick Google search. If you stand outside your residence (and sometimes even inside) and search for a Wi-Fi network, undoubtedly you will see several belonging to your neighbors as much as a hundred yards away. Conversely, if you can detect their networks, they can detect yours. More concerning, so can those war-driving, war-walking or war-jogging through your neighborhood searching for unsecure home Wi-Fi. Changing your router’s default password is vital to prevent these attacks. Fortunately, providers typically offer straightforward instructions on how to do so (e.g., AT&T, Xfinity).

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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