Privacy Peril: It’s a Wi-Fi War Out There

March 24, 2020
Firm Publication
Helpful Privacy Tips When Working from Home

As many of us are now quarantined and working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, remote Wi-Fi network security becomes especially important. Although said many times, it bears repeating – change your default Wi-Fi router password to one that is memorable but complex. Default router passwords are easily obtainable through a quick Google search. If you stand outside your residence (and sometimes even inside) and search for a Wi-Fi network, undoubtedly you will see several belonging to your neighbors as much as a hundred yards away. Conversely, if you can detect their networks, they can detect yours. More concerning, so can those war-driving, war-walking or war-jogging through your neighborhood searching for unsecure home Wi-Fi. Changing your router’s default password is vital to prevent these attacks. Fortunately, providers typically offer straightforward instructions on how to do so (e.g., AT&T, Xfinity).

Check out our series, Privacy Perils, to learn what steps you can take to guard your personal and company data. For more information about this topic and other cyber security concerns, please contact Bob Brewer, Tony McFarland, Elizabeth Warren or a member of our Privacy & Data Security team.