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Secure network

by PFunk44 / January 1, 2010 9:58 AM PST

How do I secure my network

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Put a lock on it.
by Coryphaeus / January 1, 2010 6:56 PM PST
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Geez.

What kind of network? Wired or wireless? Router? Operating system? Did you read the big note in Red that says this?

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put a lock on it
by PFunk44 / January 2, 2010 4:06 AM PST
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I'm sorry. No I did not read the info. I have a Linksys wirless-G router my operating system is Window XP

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Security . . .
by Coryphaeus / January 2, 2010 7:13 PM PST
In reply to: put a lock on it

In the router you turn on WPA security. You put in a key/password. You then make sure the router is broadcasting the SSID (unique name for your network). You then use that same key/password on the computer. Be sure you have Wireless Zero running so XP finds the signal. Once XP finds the signal it will show up as a secured network and ask you if you want to join. You say yes. XP will ask you for the key/password. You enter it. Done.

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Just A Couple More Thoughts..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 4, 2010 1:32 AM PST
In reply to: put a lock on it

Wayne has given you good advice but I'd like to expound on such a little more..

1. Yes, use WPA (or WPA2 if possible) and create a password for it.. Not just any password but something complex with a combination of capital and lower case letters, numbers, and other characters. Use as manner characters as possible.

2. If your router has a firewall, enable it by using the router's settings console.

3. Enable a firewall on each of the computers on the network as well.

4. Run a good, up-to-date antivirus and antispyware on each computer on the network.

5. Use safe surfing practices which will prevent infection of each computer on the network. Those practices include avoiding the use or P2P file sharing services and avoiding unsafe websites.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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