It finally happened.
I don’t know for how long it’s been going on, but it seems a person within our apartment complex has been using my wireless router without my knowledge to surf the web. I didn’t notice it until yesterday morning when my laptop (the only wireless device) seemed a little sluggish on my home network. I checked out the admin page and lo’ and behold, there was an extra MAC address in the listing of those devices attached to my router.
I simply assumed no one around me would know what a computer is let alone attach one to a wireless network, so it’s my own dumb fault for not properly securing my huge gaping high speed wireless hole available to anyone within a 1000 foot radius.
Bad Dave, no doughnut.
Anyway, the router I got allows me to give access based on MAC address so that was taken care of all nice and quick. Then I figured I may as well activate the encryption as well so I’m now running with 128-bit encryption as well and at a reasonable speed of 52mb/sec too, go figure! Gotta love D-Link products!
I’ll have to keep an eye out for any suspicious chalk marks around my apartment now. Hmmph…
So today’s lesson is if you’ve got yourself a nice wireless set-up at your house, make sure no one’s using your connection without your knowledge. Don’t be dumb like me and just assume you’re safe, LOL. Enable MAC address* filtering to keep out the unwanted and encryption to make sure no one can “see” your data flying around in never never land.
* – a MAC (or Ethernet) address is unique to your network hardware, whether it be a wireless/wired/broadband modem/etc, consisting of a series of hex numbers arranged to make an address to access your machine.