Leaving a wireless network open to the public, is a tremendous michshol
("stumbling block") for children and adults. It allows anyone with a device that connects to WiFi to access the unrestricted internet. We strongly recommend owners of wireless networks to password-protect them, only allowing internet access to approved people and devices, by following the following simple steps.
There are two ways of locking your wireless network:
- The first is by creating a password, so that only someone with the password can access the internet.
- The second way, which is more secure, only allows access to devices on a "permitted list". This works by using a unique identifier for each device, called a MAC address. With this system, only specified computers and devices can access the wireless network.
Below are instructions (provided by GetNetWise.org
) for several specific models of wireless routers. If your router is not on the list, you can use these general instructions.