Bath, United Kingdom (PressExposure) November 05, 2009 -- In a new system that will come into actions early next year, people found illegally downloading copyrighted material could see warning letters, legal threats and eventually disconnections for their activities.
Even if you've never downloaded anything copyrighted in your life, the law has currently no way of protecting you if your internet connection is hacked, so securing your connection will become even more important than ever.
Charlie, product director of UKCompareBroadband.co.uk said:
"If the new system is used, many people who heavily download copyrighted files will instead choose to hack into the Wi-Fi networks of their neighbours - a virtually undetectable crime.
While it's difficult to provide 100% security against hackers, UKCompareBroadband.co.uk has developed some tips in order to minimise the risk of your connection being used illegally."
UKCompareBroadband Tips for Wi-Fi Safety:
1. Get Familiar With Your Router - Setting up security on your router will require knowledge of how the router works. If you can't find the instructions, try checking online - most popular routers have a variety of online guides and downloadable manuals available.
2. Take yourself off WEP - this is the most important step for increasing online security. If your router or firewall is still using the WEP security profile, it can be easily hacked by following guides online. Instead, set up a WPA2 key.
3. Turn off the 'broadcast' option - By default, all routers will broadcast your network name so it can be found on Windows. Turning it off won't entirely stop your network from being found, but it might stop more casual attacks.
4. Change the Default SSID - The SSID is the name of your network, and although changing the name does little to protect you, keeping the default name shows hackers that the network is likely to have been poorly configured.
5. Minimise Exposure - Hackers who want to download from your network will want decent speeds, which they can only get if the signal is good. Placing your router in the centre of your home and away from any windows should help reduce the signal leakage.
6. Turn off the Router When Away - These days we don't really think of the internet as something we need to 'turn off', but if you're going to be away or otherwise not using the net for more than a few days, turning off the router is a good idea.
7. Use MAC Address filtering - Following online guides, you can set your router to only accept the MAC addresses of your home computers. These addresses are unique to each computer and can therefore stop people from breaking in. Be aware though that MAC addresses can be faked by determined hackers.