Lately I have been reading more and more horror stories about unsecured wireless networks. Indeed I have heard of people who have abandoned their ISP's altogether and are now using other peoples open Wi-Fi connections for all their surfing/downloading needs.

I'd like to leave everyone with a Wi-Fi network with this thought; if someone else is using your network to download child pornography, guess who's IP address (and, of course, physical address) it will come back to when the police come knocking? Or if they are using your network for illegal filesharing, it'll be your IP address when the RIAA come knocking just the same.

Here are a couple of excellent articles on keeping your wireless network secure (the second is in PDF format):

Seciring your wireless network

Wireless Network Security