Is Your House “Hard” or “Soft”?
Protecting your personal cyberspace at home.
Airmen assemble tents during the Silver Flag training exercise March 5 on Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The purpose of Silver Flag is to prepare Airmen for any type of bare-base deployment.
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Many people do not think too much about the security of their own personal cyberspace once they get into the comfort of their home.  Most people are surfing cyberspace with iPads, iPods, and laptops, streaming videos and doing simple household chores such as paying bills or even buying things online.  Unsecured wireless networks can lead to identity theft, installation of malware or viruses, or being held liable for illegal use of the internet, such as wire fraud, illegal adult content and more.

However, a “soft” cyber environment at your house can really put you at great personal risk.  The good news is that there are several really simple ways to make your “harden” your house!

There are several simple steps you can take to secure your wireless connections and “harden” your personal cyberspace at your home:

- Set an administrative password on your wireless router.

- Set a wireless access password (this should be different than your administrative password)

Don’t forget: A strong passwords are at least 16 characters. Actually this is DoD policy for passwords other than CAC pins and some other special accesses. 

 - Select the best possible encryption:  In order from best to worst:

WPA2+ AES

WPA + AES

WPA + TKIP/AES

WPA + TKIP

WEP

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