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How safe am I?

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#1 bigbrown411


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Posted 13 May 2014 - 07:14 PM

I'm currently living in an apartment complex with at least 5 other people. I'm sharing this apartment with 3 other people. We recently got Time Warner to install a Wi-Fi internet connection that requires a password in order to gain access to use the Wi-Fi connection. I have a paid 2-year subscription to Webroot Secure Anywhere, update my computer whenever it says updates or recommended or important (don't care about the optional ones), so I think I'm pretty safe against hackers getting into my computer and stealing personal information from me. Still, I'm wondering how safe am I with just this barrier. Every day, new virsus pop up on the internet. Every day, people find new ways in order to hack into things. Obviously, I'm don't understand how computers work. That's why I'm on this forum. Here are my questions:


1) Even with just a password barrier, am I safe to use Time Warner's Wi-Fi connection in an apartment complex with 5 other tenants?


2) The router Time Warner gave us has 2 ethernet cord connections. Should I use the ethernet cord connection instead of the Wi-Fi connection. I feel like it will decrease the chances of me getting hacked or something to go wrong with my computer (whether it be installing/updating a program or simply downloading a file)?

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 03:02 AM

1) I read that the WEP WiFi protocol had been hacked. But you'd have to be unlucky if one of the tenants in the complex could do it. That aside, the WPA and WPA2 WiFi protocols are secure, as far as I know. You need to check which options are offered by the router. Use WPA2 if available.
2) By all means use ethernet cable, for the reasons that you give.
Unless you've been targetted by a hacker before it sounds as though you have at least one really secure option.

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 10:27 AM

Sounds decent, with regard to the wireless you might also just use a cable and disable wireless, or disable WPS, dont use WEP (even modern routers still support that) use WPA2 and use a decent password for the router configuration access.

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 11:46 AM

Where you go on the Internet is going to play a larger part in your safety than the configuration in the apartment complex.


Provided you trust the five people you are sharing the wireless with you, then you should be fine.  Connecting to the cable isn't going to give you much more security from them than the wireless.

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 03:55 PM

Obviously, I'm don't understand how computers work. That's why I'm on this forum. Here are my questions:

Here is some reading material to help you understand.
* What is WiFi
* WiFi (Wireless Fidelity)
* How WiFi Works
* Wireless security
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