Home security in the physical world is locks, cameras and a home security system. In the virtual world home security is protecting your homes wireless internet connection.
Iâ€™ve spoke many times of how hackers can invade your wireless internet and steal your identity by getting onto your computer. Weâ€™ve also touched on how pedophiles can hijack your wireless internet and download child porn which can get the FBIs attention resulting in a battery ram on your front door at 3 am.
In Minnesota prosecutors put away a â€œdepraved criminalâ€ for 18 years as a result of virtually torturing his neighbors via their Wi-Fi connection.
After a brief encounter with his new neighbors he began â€œa calculated campaign to terrorize his neighborsâ€.
Wired reports â€œHe demonstrated by his conduct that he is a dangerous man. When he became angry at his neighbors, he vented his anger in a bizarre and calculated campaign of terror against them,â€ (.pdf) prosecutor Timothy Rank said in a court filing. â€œAnd he did not wage this campaign in the light of day, but rather used his computer hacking skills to strike at his victims while hiding in the shadows.â€
Itâ€™s a pretty frightening story that should scare you into locking down your wireless internet.
When setting up a wireless router, there are two suggested security protocol options. Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA and WPA2) which is a certification program that was created in response to several serious weaknesses researchers had found in the previous system, Wired Equivalent Privacy.