A home wireless network can be a great way for users to connect to the internet from anywhere in their home, but it's vital to establish security measures. That will prevent unauthorized users from piggybacking off the new network. An unsecured connection may be more susceptible to hackers, who might be able to view and track the information users transmit on the internet. A secure network may help users avoid the type of damage that requires significant computer repair.

Create a wireless network name

When setting up wireless internet in their home for the first time, users may be automatically asked to name their new network. If they need to access this dialog box at a later time, they can find it on a Windows computer by going to "Control Panel," selecting "Network and Internet," then "Network and Sharing Center" and finally "Set up a new connection or network."

Windows will ask users to create a unique name, or Service Set Identifier (SSID). They should consider making it something unique but not private – Social Security numbers or addresses should never be used, for instance. Users can then create a defined password, which they will need to log in to their new network.

Types of encryption

Next, encryption should be enabled to add another layer of security to the wireless network. Encryption prevents unauthorized users from accessing a network without a security key. Generally, users will encounter two types of encryption.

Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) – An older, easier to hack security method, WEP is no longer widely recommended for home internet users. However, those using older wireless adapter cards may need to use WEP for encryption.

Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA, WPA2) – A more sophisticated encryption process, WPA is supported by most newer computers and wireless adapter cards. It's recommended that users enable the more secure WPA2 when possible, as it may provide more complete protection and help prevent calls to a Virginia computer repair specialist.