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Can making your Wi-Fi public improve your privacy?

Can making your Wi-Fi public improve your privacy?
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I've told you for years that you absolutely, without a doubt, must secure your Wi-Fi to stay safe from hackers and snoops. Click here if you want a reminder on the steps to secure your Wi-Fi.

Now, however, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is saying that opening up your Wi-Fi might be better - sort of.

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The EFF is releasing software called Open Wireless Router. You'd load it on your router and it would help you create a second, open network that anyone could use. You would still use an encrypted network for your own gadgets, of course.

Every open hotspot will have the name "OpenWireless.org". That makes it easy to get online no matter where you are.

To keep strangers from bogging down your Internet, you can set how much data they can use - say 5 percent of your connection. That's enough for checking Facebook, but not streaming movies. Everything is controlled with a smartphone or tablet app.

This is similar to Comcast's recent plan to use the routers of its Xfinity customers to create public Wi-Fi hotspots. Except you'd have more control over the hotspot.

Next page: Find out why EFF thinks this is a good idea
 
 
 
 
 
 
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