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One thing every cordless phone owner needs to do

One thing every cordless phone owner needs to do
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While plenty of people are ditching their landlines in favor of cellphones, most houses still have one. There are several good reasons to keep a landline, as we explain in this must-read Tip, which means most houses also have a standalone phone.

In many cases, that phone has a cordless handset, and why wouldn't it? Cordless is just more convenient than a phone with a cord that traps you in one spot. Unfortunately, a cordless handset uses radio waves, often the same 2.4Ghz microwaves as Wi-Fi, to connect to its base station. And like Wi-Fi that means someone outside your home can listen in on what you're doing.

With Wi-Fi, you can encrypt the signal so even if someone intercepts the signal they can't understand it. Click here if you aren't sure whether or not you've turned on your Wi-Fi's encryption. But can you do the same thing for a cordless phone?

The answer is a yes and a no. Yes, cordless phones can have encryption that prevents most people from snooping on your conversations. However, you can't add it to a phone that doesn't already have it; you have to buy a new phone. Even that gets tricky, however.

Next page: Buying the right phone for security
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