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Stop Wi-Fi Thieves: How to Secure Your Wi-Fi From Neighbors Stealing It

Posted on May 5, 2017. Filed under: networking, Security, wireless | Tags: , , , |

If your Wi-Fi SSID is being broadcast to the surrounding houses, there is a chance your internet is being stolen. Find out how to stop this from happening and keep control of your bandwidth.

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How to Use Android’s Wi-Fi Assistant to Keep Your Phone Safe on Public Networks

Posted on October 18, 2016. Filed under: Android, Everything, networking, Security, Techniques, wireless | Tags: , , , |

HowToGeek has a post: If you aren’t using Android’s “Wi-Fi Assistant”, you should. It automatically secures unsafe public wireless networks by using a Google VPN, so attackers can’t access your data.

Source: How to Use Android’s Wi-Fi Assistant to Keep Your Phone Safe on Public Networks

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How to Assign a Static IP Address in XP, Vista, or 7

Posted on February 22, 2012. Filed under: networking, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , |

How-To Geek tells How to Assign a Static IP Address in XP, Vista, or Windows 7.

If you’re using a home network, this could speed up your boot time by avoiding the search for an active IP assignment each time.  Maybe.

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Maryfi – Turn your Windows 7 laptop into a Wi-Fi Hotspot

Posted on February 22, 2012. Filed under: networking, Windows 7, wireless | Tags: , , , , |

MakeUseOf recommends Maryfi to Turn your Windows 7 laptop into a Wi-Fi Hotspot.

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Surf Anonymous Free

Posted on October 3, 2011. Filed under: networking, searching, Security | Tags: , , , , |

Surf Anonymous Free bills itself as “Your Ultimate Free Online Protection”.

This allows you to hide your IP address and other confidential information from websites you visit.

Free and pay versions for multiple browsers, Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7.

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Blacksheep warns about Firesheep

Posted on September 6, 2011. Filed under: Firefox, networking, Security | Tags: , , , , |

Blacksheep is a Firefox add-on to warn you if anyone is using the spying add-on Firesheep on your network.

A useful precaution to have this, especially on public networks.

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namebench – Open-source DNS Benchmark Utility

Posted on September 3, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, networking, Utilities | Tags: , , , |

namebench – Open-source DNS Benchmark Utility from Google Project Hosting “hunts down the fastest DNS servers available for your computer to use. namebench runs a fair and thorough benchmark using your web browser history, tcpdump output, or standardized datasets in order to provide an individualized recommendation. namebench is completely free and does not modify your system in any way.”

“namebench runs on Mac OS X, Windows, and UNIX, and is available with a graphical user interface as well as a command-line interface.”

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Get Wired Performance from Your Wi-Fi Network

Posted on April 18, 2011. Filed under: Hardware, networking | Tags: , , , , , , |

Windows Secrets tells how to Get Wired Performance from Your Wi-Fi Network.

This covers the use of NetGear Powerline adapters to send wi-fi signals through normal electric wiring in a house.

This is not an endorsement, but it might be a solution in some houses that are hard to equip with wireless access in some areas.

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Test your IPv6.

Posted on March 17, 2011. Filed under: Hardware, networking | Tags: , , , , , , |

Test your IPv6. is a site that automatically tests your computer (when you connect) to see if the newer, longer IP address system will work through your Internet Service Provider and all the equipment down to your computer.

Or, you can try to use the Internet on June 8: “the international Internet Society (ISOC) is throwing a World IPv6 Day on June 8 — 24 hours for website owners, ISPs, and network users (that’s us) to take an IPv6 test flight. ISOC has arranged for Google, YouTube, Facebook, Yahoo, and a hundred other sites to turn on their IPv6 stacks. Two of the biggest Internet plumbing organizations, Akamai and Limelight Networks, will also enable IPv6 on that day. The idea is to test all the intermediaries — ISPs and other network operators, plus router hardware manufacturers — to see which of them will fall over when dual stacks become commonplace.”

If you are not able to use the newer IPv6 system, check the tests for the reason.  If it’s your ISP (Internet Service Provider), then contact them to encourage them to upgrade.  If it’s your equipment (router, modem, software, etc.) then upgrade them (download new software, new router firmware if available, or replace).

Recommended by Windows Secrets.

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What Settings Should I Change on My Wi-Fi Router?

Posted on February 27, 2011. Filed under: networking, Security | Tags: , , , , |

Lifehacker covers What Settings Should I Change on My Wi-Fi Router?.

Be sure your home network is secure and not usable/hackable by outsiders!

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The National Broadband Plan tests your connection

Posted on February 26, 2011. Filed under: networking, Online Software, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , |

The National Broadband Plan has a test that will check your actual Internet connection speed.

If you’re not as fast as your ISP (Internet Service Provider) claims, you may want to have them check on your service, and perhaps make some changes (on their service/hardware, or yours) to improve your speed.

The test is free.

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Connectify – Turn your Windows 7 laptop into a Wi-Fi Hotspot

Posted on February 14, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, networking, Windows 7 | Tags: , , , |

Connectify – Turn your Windows 7 laptop into a Wi-Fi Hotspot.

“Connectify is an easy to use software router for Windows 7 computers. After downloading and installing the lightweight application, Connectify utilizes your computers’ built in Wi-Fi card to wirelessly share any available Internet connection: a cable modem, a cellular card, or even another Wi-Fi network. Other Wi-Fi enabled devices including laptops, smart phones, music players, and gaming systems can see and join your Connectify hotspot just like any other Wi-Fi access point and are kept safe and secure by password-protected WPA2 Encryption.”

 

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Remote control for you and thee

Posted on February 14, 2011. Filed under: networking | Tags: , , , , , , , |

A few links for help on using a computer remotely, or helping troubleshoot someone else’s computer.

Comparison of CrossLoop vs LogMeIn Free.

Review of LogMeIn Free. Another review.

Teamviewer is “completely free for non-commercial, personal use!”

PortForward.com has free help to set up a static IP address on a Vista computer

trying to get no-ip or dyndns to work

Use Dynamic DNS to host websites from home

No-IP Free

Java Remote Desktop jrdesktop

TightVNC

MakeUseOf has a post on WizHelp

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Speedtest.net – The Global Broadband Speed Test

Posted on January 7, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, networking, Online Software | Tags: , , , , , , |

Speedtest.net is The Global Broadband Speed Test.

Free online test of your broadband while you watch.  Is it your connection, or is it the website or something else that’s slow?

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Run your PC from afar — securely and easily

Posted on November 14, 2010. Filed under: networking | Tags: , , |

Windows Secrets has information on how to Run your PC from afar — securely and easily.

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Service-now.com VPN instructions

Posted on November 14, 2010. Filed under: networking | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

UAFS Service-now.com has instructions on using the Virtual Private Network to access the campus network from off-campus.

For example, if you leave your computer on but logged out, you could connect and login from off-campus and operate as if you were sitting in front of your computer on campus.

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Force Vista To Connect To Wireless Network When SSID Is Not Sent

Posted on October 25, 2010. Filed under: networking, Windows Vista, wireless | Tags: , , , , |

Internet Fixes tells you how to Force Vista To Connect To Wireless Network When SSID Is Not Sent.

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Join.Me: Easily Broadcast Computer Screen Online

Posted on October 25, 2010. Filed under: networking, presentation | Tags: , , , |

MakeUseOf suggests trying Join.Me to Easily Broadcast Computer Screen Online at a common website.

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Set up a personal, home SSH server

Posted on October 25, 2010. Filed under: networking | Tags: , , , |

Set up a personal, home SSH server with this tutorial from Lifehacker.

Be able to access your home files from anywhere on the Internet.

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Geek to Live: Encrypt your web browsing session (with an SSH SOCKS proxy)

Posted on October 25, 2010. Filed under: networking, Security, wireless | Tags: , , , , , , |

Lifehacker tells you how to Encrypt your web browsing session (with an SSH SOCKS proxy).

This is not as tough as it sounds, but good for using free public wifi.

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