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Going wireless provides you with freedom to use your computer in multiple locations, without dragging cables and cords with you. However, the privilege of increased freedom comes with the danger of increased vulnerability. Wireless internet requires that you have access to a wireless network via a wireless router. It is important that you secure your network so that strangers can’t use your network without your knowledge (also known as “piggybacking”). In addition, computer hackers could use your network to access personal information you save or send from your computer. This is particularly important if you conduct financial transactions online. These reasons highlight the importance of taking steps to secure your wireless network. If you use the wireless (“Wi-Fi”) network at bookstores, airports or other public places, there are other precautions you should take to protect your privacy.
On public wireless networks:
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