It’s easy to get caught up in technology. Take wireless communications, for example. What a convenience it is to be able to go to a hotspot like Starbucks, and crank out a few emails while sipping your latte?
But did you know that there may be someone listening in on your conversations? It could be the person sitting just a few tables down, “sniffing” what’s going on between your laptop and that wireless modem. In fact, he could be monitoring what everyone nearby may be doing with free software available on the Internet.
Or just as bad, if you use a wireless connection at home, the possibilities a person could search through your information are virtually endless. Why? Because chances are, you spend more time online at home than at Starbucks.
So what can be done?
- If you’re on a site where you buy things or otherwise exchange sensitive information, make sure the site is secure. The “s” in “https://” is what tells you that. Email sites usually have this, at least the major ones like Google, Yahoo, and such.
- On wireless networks at home, using a password to login to your network helps keep the snoopers away, at least those who don’t want to put a lot of effort into cracking it.
- Companies like T-Mobile offer software to help encrypt the data that passes from your computer to whatever your destination is. So check with your service provider to make sure you’re using everything within your reach to protect your sensitive information.
Inspired by the LA Times
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