I'm branching this out from another thread because I felt I was kind of hijacking that one. I ended up stumbling upon a link eventually, which for some reason I'm unable to copy & paste right now entitled "6 steps to Secure Your Home Wireless Network. After reading through them, then the comments below, there seems to be some disagreement on a few points. This topic is of particular interest to me because I've just recently set up a wireless network in my home. I was always hard wired into a router before, and still prefer to be, but recent changes make that unfeasible. Some of the main dilemmas I have: SSID Broadcast - Some swear by disabling it to add security, some (Microsoft themselves) say it's less secure to disable it. Auto-connect - Is it compromising me any to auto-connect to my network at Windows startup as opposed to connecting manually? I've seen a claim that it does. What I mean by this is the tick-box "Connect when this network is in range" (XP Pro SP3) under "Properties" in Network Connections. Also, said tick-box seems to have a mind of it's own and tick itself again every time I connect. So I have to untick it after connecting every single time if I wish to manually connect the next time. Does this happen to anyone else? Any way to remedy it? RIP Direction - After looking around I see that this broadcasts routing tables. First of all, I have no idea what exactly this means. Does it present any security risk? I ask this because my router (Netgear) offers me no option to disable it, even though in the right-hand column it says the default setting for it is "disabled". For me the only options are In, Out, and Both. I have a strong WPA2 key and plan on changing it every 2 weeks or so. I've set up MAC address filtering allowing only my network adapter. And I've changed the IP address & password for my router. I gather I've done the main stuff. Any insight is greatly appreciated.