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Posts Tagged ‘wireless’

Is My WiFi Secure?

Many households have wireless routers, and that number is rapidly growing every day. The convenience of being able to access your wireless connection anywhere in the office or home is especially hard to resist with the surge in popularity of mobile devices such as smartphones, notebooks, and tablets.

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Networking 101: Routers & Switches

Networking can be confusing.  With all the hardware, protocols, cabling, requirements and features, it can be easy to get confused.  Geek Easy Computers wants to make your technology easier, so we put together another informative post to hopefully clear up some of the confusion.

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Computer 101: Wireless Routers

So you’ve heard about this thing called a router.  You know it has something to do with the Internet, and you need one for home wireless, but you have no idea what it does, or why you should even care about it.  Well you’ve come to the right place!  Geek Easy Computers is here to answer your questions and provide some insight into this technology that is rapidly becoming a standard in the average Internet-connected household!

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Do You Need A Router?

With more and more devices coming with wireless Internet capability, having a way to connect them all reliably is quickly becoming a need instead of a luxury.

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Carrier IQ: Should You Be Worried?

What is Carrier IQ?

Carrier IQ is software that comes pre-installed on certain handheld devices. It collects usage data that mobile operators and device manufactures analyze so they can make hardware, network and service improvements, according to Carrier IQ. It runs all the time and cannot be turned off, although it can be removed by unlocking the phone and gaining administrator access, which typically voids the warranty.

A 25-year-old systems administrator in Connecticut set off a media firestorm after discovering mysterious software on his Android that appeared to be recording his activities. Software maker Carrier IQ says the software is designed to give carriers usage and other stats so they can improve the network and service. But the researcher argues that the software represents a serious privacy threat because sensitive data is being logged without user permission.

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