The age of wireless computing has brought unprecedented freedom and mobility for computer systems users in a variety of circumstances. These days wireless networking products are so ubiquitous and inexpensive that just about anyone can set up a WLAN in a matter of minutes with less than $100 worth of equipment. This widespread use of wireless networks means that there may be dozens of potential network intruders lurking within range of your home or college dorm or office WLAN.

The risks

Wireless networks don’t stop at the walls of your home. In fact, wireless networks often extend more than 300 feet from your wireless router. If you live in an apartment, dorm, or condominium, you may have dozens of neighbors who can access your wireless network. If you live in a house, your neighbors and even people on the street may be able to connect to your network.

It’s one thing to let a neighbor borrow your lawn mower, but you should think twice about allowing anyone to access your home network. There are several good reasons for this. People who can connect to your wireless network might be able to:

a. Slow down your Internet performance

b. View files on your computers and spread dangerous software

c. Monitor the Web sites you visit, read your e-mail and instant messages as they travel across the network, and copy your usernames and passwords

d. Send spam or perform illegal activities with your Internet connection

By setting up security features on your wireless network, you can make it very difficult for uninvited guests to connect.

Wireless networks are becoming increasingly popular, but they introduce additional security risks. If you have a wireless network, make sure to take appropriate precautions to protect your information.

FInd a rental place this summer for your internship 

Everyone needs somewhere to call home, even for the summer Intern.

Summer Intern HousingIt’s almost May and you’re sitting in your dorm room daydreaming of a perfect summer job far, far away from home. The money is going to be great, there will be so much to see and do, your friends will visit and oh, wait a minute. That’s right, you don’t have a place to stay, yet, do you?

Don’t worry. can help you find a place to crash this summer, no matter where you’re working. The clock’s ticking, so let’s get started.

City Living: Apartment Surfing

If you’ll be living in a city this summer, there are a number of ways to find an apartment without leaving your dorm room. By turning on your computer and logging on to the Internet, you can find summer rentals anywhere in the country on Web sites like and RentNet, says Manny Clark, assistant director of housing at the University of Minnesota.

If that doesn’t work, Clark suggests checking out local universities and colleges in the area you’ll be working-specifically. Off-campus or commuter student housing is often made available by students who have a yearly lease, but go home for the summer. A lot of Universities, have student forums. So you can email someone working for the university and if you ask nicely, they might be willing to send out an email on your behalf.

Clark says the University of Minnesota is willing to review subleasing contracts for students to make sure they aren’t getting taken. “We try to look at it and make sure they’re not paying more than they should or getting hit with any surprises,” he says.

Clark’s final suggestion is a practical one, depending on where you’ll be working: Try to stay in a college dormitory in the city. He says some schools don’t allow it, but by checking around, you can save hundreds of dollars in rent each month, plus it may come with such amenities as a meal plan. “There’s difficulty in going to a city,” Clark says. “If you’re not familiar with the city and your surroundings, it can be scary, especially if it’s your first time away from home.” As an example, New York University and Columbia University are offering summer housing for students who are not enrolled in their summer program in New York City.

Go Greeks!

If you belong to a Fraternity or Sorority, look for a local chapter in the city of your internship. They might be more than willing to accomodate a brother.