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40 per cent don't understand home Wi-Fi security settings

  • Published: Thursday, 17 March 2011

40 per cent of people who have Wi-Fi at home don't know how to change their network's security settings, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has found. To help, the ICO has published new guidance to help people better protect themselves against the dangers of cyber crime and identity theft.

Help changing your Wi-Fi security settings

Wi-Fi security

Read the ICO's new guidance on Wi-Fi security

The new guidance from the ICO explains how you can check the existing security settings on your Wi-Fi router.

It also provides information on how to make the network more secure, including how to:

  • set up a strong password to stop other people accessing the network
  • make sure the information sent over the device is encrypted

Steve Wood, head of policy at the ICO, said: "People wouldn’t go out and leave their front door unlocked, but many are still surfing the internet without adequate protection for their personal information.

"Leaving your Wi-Fi connection unsecured allows people easy access to your network. This increase in traffic could reduce the speed of your connection or cause you to exceed a data cap imposed by the service provider.

"However even more worryingly, it also leaves you open to the actions of rogue individuals who may be using your Wi-Fi to carry out potentially criminal actions without your knowledge.

"Today’s new guidance aims to get people thinking about whether they are doing enough to ensure their wireless networks are secure."

You can find the ICO’s guidance on Wi-Fi security by following the link below.

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