Solved wifi connection can they spy on me

January 9, 2014 at 13:58:32
Specs: Windows 7
I can get wifi with my laptop. This is all new to me.
The laptop was my sister’s. She had it password protected. I used it with her password until the computer would no longer let me in due to a computer glitch. An easy fix if you have the escape disc that you make when you set the password. She didn’t have the disc. After a trip to the computer repair shop I’m running the laptop without a password.
My sister told me that you want to have the computer password protected so other people can’t use it. Don’t really know how that works. When I turn my computer on there is a red light indicating that the -I guess it’s satellite reception? is on for wifi. It comes on automatically. I'll press the button and turn the light off. Can people get into my computer if I leave it on? I don’t have a wireless router. I’m hooked up to cable. Does wifi work like a network and needs to be password protected to keep others using the network out??
Is there any way I can turn the wifi reception off permanently until I want it turned on?
Hope this is making sense.

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January 9, 2014 at 15:18:17
What make and model computer do you have? That information will allow folks here to provide help that is specific to "your" computer.

Wifi can be simply "turned of" on your computer - but with the above information it will be easier to advise you exactly "how".

If you are using wifi and your router wifi access is not password protected - the very least you need to ensure… - then others can both use your service (and likely slow you down on the www, as they will be using some of your bandwidth); and if they know how.. can possibly hack into your computer too.

If you are using only the wired (ethernet/cat-5) connection then you are essentially safe from those problems. Your computer will ideally still have a firewall enabled (typically M$ Firewall - by default - and which is part of most windows OS these days?); and your router will likely have a built-in one enabled too. Between them they will help keep most uninvited guests out…

BUT if you inadvertently download/install trojan viruses and other pests… then they can circumvent (get around) your firewall settings and get upto all manner of "mischief"… Which is why you also must have some form of anti-virus/malware protection too.

If you are the only user of your computer, then it's not really necessary to have a logon password… That is if you're absolutely certain that no-one else will ever access it and decide to use it for whatever purposes… However if you have any doubts about that, then yes set a password to go along with your user-name; and then you will have to provide that password too - to logon etc.

But.. be sure you can remember what the user-name and password are, and also perhaps have a safe record of them in more than one place (hard-copy/printed out too). I often email it to myself - in a form I can understand; as then its on my on-line email account server (e.g.,, gmail etc… whichever you may decide to use) - should I need it?

The wifi button is the usual way to disable it… but with the details of you make/model etc. we likely can suggest how to make it a little more definite - until you want it back again…?

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January 10, 2014 at 13:55:06
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In a nutshell, if you are the only user of the computer and are prepared to accept the risk if it is stolen, then you are better off without the nuisance of a logon password.

If you are on a non-wireless router you don't need to worry about pass keys for that either. Go to your routers homepage (settings) and turn off Wifi. Your routers homepage is something along the lines (typed in the address line). See your router documentation - maybe a user manual on its CD.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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