How do I tell if someone else is useing my wireless broadband?

  Will 16:49 08 Jan 2012
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Useing cable broadband I have a desktop useing XP with a wireless router for my laptop useing windows 7 which downstairs. I notice the Modem is going hard even when I am not on the net or when I logback on after a break. I know the computer and modem maybe doing self checks etc but wonder if someone could be useing my wireless facility because I don't have any passwords for access to it, is there anyway I can tell?

  rawprawn 17:01 08 Jan 2012

What security have you set your wireless connection to? for example WPA2

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:28 08 Jan 2012

wonder if someone could be useing my wireless facility because I don't have any passwords for access to it

If you have not secured you wifi then you can almost guarantee someone near is utilising your bandwidth.

they could even be accessing files on your machine.

Some routers allow you to see the MAC address of devices connected to it.

  Will 17:34 08 Jan 2012

I don't have any form of protection on it as far as I know

  rawprawn 18:06 08 Jan 2012

Then set up your router to WAP 2 as soon as possible, if you go to your ISP they will give you the option.

  Miké 18:09 08 Jan 2012

Look on the router for the make/model of router, then do a search for setting up security.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:22 08 Jan 2012

How">http://www.broadbandchoices.co.uk/wireless/secure-your-wireless-router.html">How to secure your router

Do you have antivirus and antimalware on your PC?

  Will 18:31 08 Jan 2012

I use AVG

  Will 18:34 08 Jan 2012

Fruitbat, page not found on that link

  lotvic 18:43 08 Jan 2012
  Will 18:44 08 Jan 2012

Mike following up on your advice

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