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    percentage wise?
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    (Original post by morris743)
    percentage wise?
    Percentage of what?

    Wireless broadband - you mean wireless LANs or are you referring to 3G/HSDPA?
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    It depends on what security protocol is in use. Care to be more specific?
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    38.24% more secure than the locks on my front door.
    16.94% less secure than a sun lounger with a German's towel on it.
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    WEP is poor security, WPA is better, WPA2 is the best (but that doesn't mean it's bulletproof)
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    (Original post by iisjman07)
    WEP is poor security, WPA is better, WPA2 is the best (but that doesn't mean it's bulletproof)
    Thanks for this Hmm...I'm under the impression almost everyone is on wireless now - I guess I'll be ok.
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    WPA2 + 10 character password should do the job. Make sure the password has 5 random numbers and 5 random letters. Also try changing the wireless channel to one that doesn't conflict with neighbours' wires devices. This is always good idea.
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    To the best hackers, none are secure, but you've got to think of the chances that someone will try hack into your network. Using WPA2 will also deter potential hackers as it is not worth their time.
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    (Original post by MancBoy)
    WPA2 + 10 character password should do the job. Make sure the password has 5 random numbers and 5 random letters. Also try changing the wireless channel to one that doesn't conflict with neighbours' wires devices. This is always good idea.
    How would I / how would I know how to do this? Sorry for being completely thick, but I am of late.

    TY.
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    (Original post by morris743)
    How would I / how would I know how to do this? Sorry for being completely thick, but I am of late.

    TY.
    To save you the hassle of installing anything most wireless channels are on 6 or 11. A good rule of thumb is to stay 5 channels away so I would pick wireless channel 1. You can do this by logging into your router. Do you know your router's log in?
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    (Original post by MancBoy)
    To save you the hassle of installing anything most wireless channels are on 6 or 11. A good rule of thumb is to stay 5 channels away so I would pick wireless channel 1. You can do this by logging into your router. Do you know your router's log in?
    Yup. At least I think so! Many thanks
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    Three tips for secure Wi-fi:

    - Give your network a name which does not indicate whose, where or what it is
    - Set it to the highest operating mode that all your devices support (i.e. n if you can get away with it, or g/n if you have to). This will also make your network faster.
    - Set up WPA2 with a strong password (10 characters or more; includes symbols, upper and lower case letters and numbers; not a dictionary word, proper name or anything else which is easily guessed) and disable WPS
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    ...never as secure as ethernet :P
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    A password is a good start. Some n00b in my block of flats has left their without a password. Therefore I have not bothered getting my own internet subscription.

    It's the price you pay for being stoopid
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    (Original post by MancBoy)
    Make sure the password has 5 random numbers and 5 random letters.
    It's actually better to use four random dictionary words, than an assortment of characters, as explained in this xkcd comic.
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    Ha!

    I honestly thought this thread would be for broadband via a mobile network!
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    Disable your WPS or else your WPA2 key may become obtainable in plain text very quickly!
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    Assuming this is for wireless LAN rather than mobile broadband as others have said you can't really quantify how secure it is.

    To have decent security use WPA2-PSK
    Don't use an obvious key (abc123, password etc)
    Use a password that's suitable random (e.g. try one of these random.org)

    If you want to improve security you could use WPA2-Enterprise but that needs a whole load of extra stuff (servers etc)

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