I checked my "Network" and seen a new "Network Infrastructure" called "Belkin N Wireless Router" is this normal? I tried clicking on it and it asked me for a PIN number. The router seems to disappear and reappear a lot. Does this mean someone else using our network? I checked the list of available networks and one of them was named "belkin.306" so it seemed pretty fishy. Does this mean this router can access my network or computer/computer's files/information? I've been getting malware frequently lately, I was wondering if this was the reason. (That or my relatives have been using the computer too much heh ^^;)
I did some research and it seems that this is a result of a bad flaw in Wireless Protection Security (Or it is called something like that). I read that it can let a hacker hack into your WPA or WPA2 password or something? (I use WEP though, but I'd assume it'd work on WEP too) How do I turn this off so no more routers show up on my network? I can't seem to figure out how. I'm horrible at this kind of stuff. ^^;
I want to make sure my network is as secure and safe possible.
The PC I'm using is a Windows 7 HP laptop. I use a Netgear Router.
Thanks in advance!
Sorry for the trouble!
Just seeing the network as an available one is normal and nothing to worry about. It's most likely someone in the neighborhood who just set up a home wireless network. I use a Belkin N150 and I can tell you they send a very strong signal, even mine which is the cheapest N model they have. You'd only have to worry if it was being used by a hacker to probe the neighborhood. As I'm sure you've seen , it takes hours for a hacker to break into a wireless network. Changing your security method was a very good course of action since WEP is outdated and the least secure of all the options. Just keep an eye on things and if nothing untoward happens in a week or two, relax and stop worrying.
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