Every wireless router should be set up with a password. But, there are many wireless types to go with, WEP and WPA2 being the most popular. Does it make a difference which one you go with?
Let’s throw out some definitions first. WEP, or wired equivalent privacy is a security algorithm for 802.11 wireless networks. WPA2, or Wif-Fi protected area, is the newer standard since the IEEE, the computer support standard folks, declared that WEP failed to meet the current day security goals.
With WEP, its old, degrades wireless speed, and above all is easy to crack. Don’t go with this unless you have no choice. No choice means you’re still running Windows 2000/98 and have an old wireless B router. With wireless G and N routers, you have a choice to go with the more secure and faster WPA2 wireless protocol which you should definitely take advantage of.
What makes WPA2 so good to go with? It is essentially at government-grade security. You have clearance without knowing it! In short, it encrypts the password to prevent unauthorized access. Best of all, it doesn’t compromise in speed. Go with WPA2. You’ll have better security and speed. The wireless setup is easy. It will usually be the default or in a drop-down option for your wireless router setup.