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Data Mining

In an ITmail I wrote last year, I recommended that you password-protect your wireless network to be sure your neighbors purchase their own wireless access. null

It seems I was a little shortsighted; it’s not just your neighbors you need to guard against.

Last week a New York Times article reported a class action suit against Google that alleges that as Google vehicles drove down streets taking pictures of houses for their map programs, they were also tapping into unsecured wireless networks and harvesting data.

(Click this link to read the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/11/technology/court-says-privacy-case-can-proceed-vs-google.html?_r=0 )

If your wireless network is still not password-protected, please consider adding a password.

To determine if your wireless network is password-protected, use any wireless device to locate your network (usually under “settings”). If there is a “lock” symbol next to the name of the network, or you need to enter a password to join the network, your network is secured. If there is no “lock” symbol or you can join with no password, your network is unsecured. (If your network is secured but your device is connected to it, you already entered a password at one time and your device remembers it, even if you don’t).

If you wish to add a password to an unsecured network, look up the make/model of your router on the internet (yes, even Google will produce search results that tell you how to do it, but perhaps you prefer to use another search engine?) and follow the instructions.

And make the password simple, one that you won’t mind sharing with your house guests.