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Tuesday, November 11, 2014
About Wireless/Networking: Should You Fear Your Wi-Fi?
When you keep your phone's Wi-Fi connection on, it sends out messages that can be tracked by enterprising criminals and spies. The average person doesn't have much to worry about here, though. Or do they? (via arstechnica.com)
Even when not making any network connections, Wi-Fi consumes power, draining the batteries of mobile devices. And your idle router sitting at home makes an inviting target for hackers. Ideally the Wi-Fi should be shut off in these cases. Do you know how to do it?
With mobile phones and other diverse kinds of wireless consumer gadgets now proliferated around the world in huge numbers, people are literally immersed in a sea of wireless radio signals every day. Because this proliferation has happened all within just the past 20 years or so, the effects of these wireless signals on human physical health over a full lifetime isn't conclusively established.
Some people speculate that prolonged exposure to wireless network devices can cause memory loss or other brain damage. A few schools have even banned use of Wi-Fi networking due to health concerns. Scientific studies, however, have been inconclusive. One thing is for certain: Many people have strong opinions on both sides. Check out our reader comments here, and consider posting your own.
A basic wireless home network can be assembled fairly quickly. However, many homeowners aren't aware of the options available to maintain a network and make it better over time. Consider the below ideas for improving the capability, performance and security of your wireless home network. It's not rocket science or anything to be afraid of.
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