Computers and Wi-Fi

Computers have come a long way from when they first started. With the technology we have today we are able to perform our job duties from our desktop, laptop, tablet or smart phones. A few years ago the only way to work was plugging a modem line into the wall and with dial up you would connect to the internet. Today we have Wi-Fi (wireless technology) that collects signals from all around us giving us the capability to connect instantly almost anywhere anytime. Wi-Fi can be less secure than wired connections, such as Ethernet, because an intruder does not need a physical connection.

This convenience has it’s good and bad points as with anything else.  To enable Wi-Fi, one merely needs to be within the range of the Wi-Fi network. When we connect to Wi-Fi we are leaving our electronic equipment easily susceptible to hacking. Hacking is when an unwanted party taps into your computer or smart phone and can obtain any and all personal information from your device.

A hacker does this for various reasons, such as profit, protest, challenge, or just pure enjoyment.  We recommend you use extreme caution when using Wi-Fi outside of your home or work. Changing passwords frequently also helps avoid hacking. Just remember to use Wi-Fi with caution keeping in mind that although it is convenient it can put your electronics at risk.