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I am not that experienced with computers and would like if someone can tell me if i am secure enough.I have a desktop computer that has windows xp pro and connects to the internet via a modem and telephone line. I also have a laptop computer which has Vista home premium and connects to the internet wirelessly. After reading on Geekstogo about security i checked the connections in network and sharing? and notice that i am connected using WPA2 Personal. When clicking on this connection is shows, network type access point,network availability all users. Can someone tell me what all this means please?Am i secure from other wireless laptops etc?
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If you are using WPA2 Personal then you have a pass phrase which must be entered to use your wireless network. As long as it's a decent pass phrase, not your phone number or house number (for instance) then you should be fine. Good ones have acombination of letters and numbers and one or more special characters, like ! @ # $ ...
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Many thanks for the reply Ztruker.
Can you tell me how i can find were the pass phrase is entered?
This was all set up for me some time ago and i don`t know what was entered or where.
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If you mean you do not now the current wireless key and it is NOT the default wireless key then you will have to reset the modem/router to the default password - that is NOT the same as the wireless key
that is normally on a label on the case of the modem router or on a card provided with it. - as is the wireless key

If it is already the default wireless password - wireless key and you know that and the password for the modem router then you do not have to reset anything

We really need unless you can sort it out from here, the make and model of the modem/router and the service provider

eg. BT Home Hub 3.
Talk Talk and their speedtouch normally etc.

However the situation is more or less the same
http://help.virginme...M_CUSTOMER_TYPE=

http://bt.custhelp.c...lNtU0o1bA%3D%3D

http://help.talktalk...etail/a_id/2158

From those you should get the general idea, but please come back if you ned further help of course, and please let us know how you go on.

You may of course find that you have nothing that needs to be changed.

At Control Panel Network and sharing - click adaptor settings on left pane, right click the wireless adaptor and click status - now click the wireless properties button and then click security.
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Can you tell me how i can find were the pass phrase is entered?


This was all set up for me some time ago and i don`t know what was entered or where.


Hi, a Admin member may well post about the sites policy on help with password problems as, in this case, not sure if an answer would breach them.

You may gain some useful general information from the below two links. If you contact the supplier of the Router or laptop I think they will help you providing you can prove ownership of the said items.

http://www.labnol.or...-network/10549/
http://support.schat...=4225-QERY-1673

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With reference to the post by my colleague iammykyl

Hi, a Admin member may well post about the sites policy on help with password problems as, in this case, not sure if an answer would breach them.




Our policy on passwords, and help with them, does not conflict with the advice given for enhancing your wireless security.

The terms of use in respect of help with passwords, relates primarily to accessing the operating system eg. Windows or circumventing restrictions on access to certain aspects of the internet eg. restrictions on accessing certain sites or types of site.

If you have access to either computer as an administrator - totally unconnected with the actual issue to hand, you will not encounter any problems.

You may safely proceed as advised by Ztruker and myself

IF one of our Site Administrators - views the issue differently, the advice will be corrected.
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Gday Macboatmaster.

Thank you for the information.


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If you mean you do not now the current wireless key and it is NOT the default wireless key then you will have to reset the modem/router to the default password - that is NOT the same as the wireless key
that is normally on a label on the case of the modem router or on a card provided with it. - as is the wireless key

If it is already the default wireless password - wireless key and you know that and the password for the modem router then you do not have to reset anything

We really need unless you can sort it out from here, the make and model of the modem/router and the service provider

eg. BT Home Hub 3.
Talk Talk and their speedtouch normally etc.

However the situation is more or less the same
http://help.virginme...M_CUSTOMER_TYPE=

http://bt.custhelp.c...lNtU0o1bA%3D%3D

http://help.talktalk...etail/a_id/2158

From those you should get the general idea, but please come back if you ned further help of course, and please let us know how you go on.

You may of course find that you have nothing that needs to be changed.

At Control Panel Network and sharing - click adaptor settings on left pane, right click the wireless adaptor and click status - now click the wireless properties button and then click security.

Apologies for the delay in replying.
I do not know what the password/passphrase is as i said this was set up for me by a computer engineer who gave up the job.
I had a friend try to get access with a blackberry phone and it asked for the passphrase which is not known.So i appear to be secure as he could not get access.If need be in the future i suppose i can reset everything and set it up with a password i know etc.?My ISP is plusnet and the modem is a thomson TG585 This was supplied by Plusnet.
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Thanks for replying - good luck with it.
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