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Security is an important part of a home wireless network. If you do not set up the security features, many routers allow anyone with a wireless-enabled computer or device to connect to your network and use your Internet access without you knowing. If those people's actions happen to be illegal, it is your account that comes under scrutiny.
Home Networking offered by Bright House Networks includes encryption and security features such as firewalls to help protect against unwanted access to your wireless network. Bright House Networks is not the designer of these features, but Bright House Networks installers may set up the router's or gateway's wireless security features for you if you are a home networking customer.
If you have your own router, you can enable these features yourself. If you do not know how, all manufacturers have easy-to-use information in their users' guides and on their websites to walk you through the steps to secure your router. If you still need help, Contact Us, and a Customer Care representative will help you find the information you need.
Use of these security features might not be sufficient to protect against viruses or unauthorized access by third parties to your computer and network, but you can take actions that at least discourage potential intruders:
The passphrase should be strong, and that usually means that longer passwords are stronger. For WEP encryption, use a combination of numbers (0 through 9) and letters (A through F) that could not be easily determined by people who have knowledge of you. The passphrases are case sensitive so using upper- and lowercase letters are recommended. Your passphrase should be 10 characters for 40/64-bit (used interchangably) encryption and 26 characters for 104/128-bit (used interchangably) encryption. The other characters that make up the key, or total bits, are randomly generated.
WPA passphrases can be eight to 63 characters (A through Z for letters and 0 through 9 for numbers). Bright House Networks recommends that you do not use passphrases such as computer or only your first or last name because they could be guessed easily by hackers. There are commercial programs that can help you generate strong keys.
Regardless of the method you choose, both the router and wireless computers on your network must be set to the same encryption method.
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