Security and Optimum WiFi

How secure is Optimum WiFi?

Optimum WiFi has taken several important steps to protect your data transmissions when you are connected to OptimumWiFi. Whenever you login we help protect your privacy and the safety of your Optimum ID and password by providing 128-bit encryption. This is the same standard used by thousands of online banking and financial services sites around the world to protect your critical transactions. This is true for other Optimum services such as your e-mail, and the Optimum Store. Each and every time you login, we are looking out for you.

However, for the most secure online experience possible, be safe and smart. Sensible security practices should be observed when you connect your system to any kind of network, wired or wireless. Using a firewall, an anti-virus program, and/or turning off file sharing, when using your computer or handheld on a network, at home, or on the road can help keep you safe. Keep your Anti-Virus programs up to date, and perform regular system scans to detect any problems early.

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Are there security tools that I can use with Optimum WiFi?

Yes, as an Optimum Online subscriber, Windows users are entitled to download the CA Internet Security Suite Plus 2008 at no additional cost. It includes both anti-virus and firewall programs.

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What are firewalls?

Firewalls are software programs that you can install on your computer to prevent unwanted users from accessing your computer when you connect to a network. Many personal computers have firewall protection built in today. If yours does not, there are many versions available at a reasonable cost.

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Is File Sharing safe?

Its best to keep file sharing turned off when connected to a public network, in order to avoid the inadvertent sharing of data, or allowing someone to place data onto your system.

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Is my computer secure?

Keep up to date with the security patches from your system's manufacturer. This will help maintain your security profile as time goes on. Yes, we know these can be time-consuming, but better safe than sorry.

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I feel like people are reading over my shoulder, how do I handle that?

Over-the-shoulder screen readers are just plain rude. Some may just be curious but others may be trying to gather information from you. Send them on their way with a privacy filter that fits over your screen, and only allows you to see your screen when you're positioned directly in front of it.

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What is Virtual Private Networking (VPN)?

VPNs are popular among laptop users that connect to corporate networks on the road. They encrypt all traffic between the laptop and the company's servers. You can take advantage of VPNs by subscribing to a Personal VPN service, so that all your traffic to and from your personal computer is encrypted.

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Any other tips?

Some security steps have nothing to do with computers, and everything to do with common sense. Don't write your Optimum ID or password down where it can be read by somebody else, and don't share your Optimum ID or password. These two tips can go far in avoiding problems.

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