Is making my router secure like setting up a password really necessary?

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  1. ViolentHero macrumors member

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    Even if the computers I own are already protected by good AV software? On my 2005 Dell Notebook (which I have not used often these days because it's now old) is secured by Microsoft Security Essentials with Windows firewall turned on. No problems so far. On my 2009 MacBook Pro, I'm using the firewall that comes with Snow Leopard OSX. No problems so far as well. Every time I use a device to connect to a router, I noticed that when I select which router to connect to wirelessly, the belkin router (bought back in 2004) that I own does not have a lock symbol on it compared to the other choices of routers that are near me, which are most likely owned by neighbors. The reason why I ask is because I'm worried something like this could happen to me someday. http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...lling-my/e8b7f442-d3e8-4fe3-b53a-c8d1eeee44d0
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Not having a protected wireless network (using WEP, WPA, WPA2) just gives others the possibility to connect to your wireless network and at least use the internet for free. Depending on your sharing settings on your individual computers, they might see your data and might even have write access.
     
  3. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

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    If a neighbour or passer by were to download child porn on your unprotected network, it would be your house the police would be raiding, only after a lengthy investigation would they realize you had nothing to do with it.
     
  4. tninety macrumors regular

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    Also copyright trolls are going to extort you and not the strangers that connected to your wifi. :apple:

    Also, packets are sent plaintext over the air on unsecured wireless networks. A stranger can steal your passwords if you're logging into a site that's not using SSL.
     
  5. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    YES IT IS.

    Besides it is not like it is really that hard to set them up. It takes what a min or to to get it all set up and log ins are pretty quickly and painless. Even more so if you use Push button set up.

    Just do it and set it up.

    Now I will admit the password on my router to log in is not he most secure and it is something I freely give out to anyone who comes over but it is still locked down. Both my SSID are that way (they use the same password). The SSID for me are Deep Space 9 and Deep Space G. It is a dual ban router so I will let you figure out which one is 5ghz and which one is 2.4ghz.
     
  6. ViolentHero thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok, my router is now password protected. Anything else I should do to keep my router secure?
     
  7. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    Change the default login into the router (Not your SSID/Encryption).

    That way, even somebody on your network that is up to something malicious can't access it.

    Most routers have an admin//admin password, or something like that - change both the username and password.
     
  8. ViolentHero thread starter macrumors member

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    In order to access the system settings of my router? I already created a password for it. Strangely, the default password is just a blank space until I create my own password for it.

    I'm also thinking about downloading the latest firmware update which, to be honest, feel nervous about doing. Will it improve its performance? Will it be more secure? Or will it lead to disaster? Sorry, I worry too much.
     
  9. \-V-/ Suspended

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    If your router is working fine there's no need to update the firmware... but I've never had an issue updating router firmware and it tends to make the router more stable or whatever else the firmware is meant to do. Just make sure your router remains connected and hope that there's no power outages in the middle of the process.
     
  10. ViolentHero, Aug 8, 2012
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    ViolentHero thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm also looking at the Firewall log and I see so many things that are blocked by DoS protection. This is normal right? The built-in firewall of my router is currently enabled and so far I have not noticed any issues during activities like gaming.
     

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