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Stop hackers from getting on your Wireless network

Stop hackers from getting on your Wireless network

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In the UK we have this scheme called Get Safe Online that encourages people to take care of their security and privacy on the internet.  Microsoft is one of the founding partners and some of the features in Windows Vista like Network Awareness goes along way to making it simple for users to make themselves secure by default.

Today whilst connecting to a wireless network I came across a security technique I'd not seen before, here's a screenshot:

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It's like a digital version of the stereotypical west country farmer whose favourite sound bite is "Get off my Land!" whilst chasing trespassers with his shotgun under his arm.  What an image - I miss the countryside.

Of course, subtle phrases like this could always be interchanged with something more "in your face" to stop those little ragamuffin hackers from trying to pry open your WPA security-enabled network.  Something like "DontEvenThinkAboutIt" or "IllHackYouBack" or "ImInfected" or "ICanSeeYou" might do equally as well.  You could also use this as an opportunity to express something about yourself too - what about "SpendingTooMuchTimeOnFacebook" or "MyOtherWirelessNetworkIsALinksys" or "WillTradeBandwidthForFood".

Have you seen any humorous wireless networks like this?  Let me know!

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