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Whether it be for home or business, a secure network connection is very important to protect the information stored on your computer or while using the internet. If you want to set up a secure network you must first determine the type of connection you want- either wireless only or the option to cable (Ethernet). Once you have established the type of connection you want for your home or business you can now protect your network.

To protect your network you can begin by changing the SSID of your router. It’s recommended to use a SSID that is not recognizable or can be identified by your business or home name to avoid the attention of hackers or even neighbors that may try to use your connection. Once you have chosen an unidentifiable user name you can disable the routers SSID Broadcast setting to prevent hackers from detecting your wireless network. The next step in securing your wireless network is to set up encryption. A 128-bit encryption is more secure but the process will depend on the software installed on your router.  Using a WPA is most effective, WEP have been known to be insecure. Unfortunately, older computers may not support WPA and you will need to WEP by default. If you are able to use WPA you should set your password as a long alphanumeric combination with more than 10 characters that will be hard to guess by neighbors or hackers. If you have a firewall, which most antivirus software includes.  Another way to set up and configure a secure wireless network is to disable wireless administrating. This disables the ability to change and access administrator settings without being connected to the LAN cable. If you have a router that does not disable remote login by default, you should confirm that it is disable when it is first set up.