Whether you use online banking, social networking sites, shopping sites or simply login to your e-mail account to stay in touch with friends, one thing is certain—a secure connection is a must. A basic awareness of wireless network security measures goes a long way toward making your online activities safer. Fortunately, it's actually fairly easy to implement these wireless network security features:
- Default passwords. Equipment manufacturers provide default passwords for routers and networking devices, so change them to your own hard-to-crack code when setting up your system.
- Encryption. All of today's Wi-Fi-enabled devices support some form of encryption, which scrambles messages sent over wireless networks. To use this security feature, simply turn it on.
- Enable firewalls. Check your router, computers and other wireless devices to ensure that if they have firewalls they are active and enabled.
- Opt out of auto-connect. Most computers and Wi-Fi devices allow you to automatically (and often without your knowledge) connect to any open network, so check your settings and ensure that auto-connect isn't your default.
To augment your wireless network security system, each time you login to your online account at Allybank.com, you'll also be protected by our own layered security features. For detailed information on how we're working to keep your personal information private, read How We Protect You.
At Ally Bank, we are committed to helping you keep your personal information safe. Learn more about our practices and products at Allybank.com or call live, 24/7 customer care at 877-247-ALLY (2559) today.