During peak periods, wi-fi bandwidth is at a premium.
Please be courteous to other wi-fi users.
Ko-op, we work hard to deliver the best wi-fi we can. But our efforts are only part of the solution,
you play a critical part too. If you do not have
up-to-date anti-virus and anti-malware software running on your computer,
you are probably slowing down our system for
everyone else. Sophisticated computer software today works your computer hard, and you don't even know it!
If you use RV park
internet wi-fi, you no doubt have your share of horror
stories of slow connections, dropped pages, and hours of
frustration trying to get done what you need to get
done. Often the blame is limped on the RV park's
wi-fi system, but hang on, this could be a case of, 'We
have met the enemy, and he is us.'
There is so much the
internet offers: email, bill paying, mapping,
great blogs and information. There are also sites
that offer plenty of entertaining offerings: Netflix,
Hulu. Skype Video and others. But with all the
internet has to offer, there is only so much an RV park
wi-fi system can offer - bandwidth. Every user
takes a little chunk of that available bandwidth, and
the more the chunks, the slower the whole system works.
Even worse, if
your computer system is infected with malware or
spyware, your computer is working overtime in
the background, eating up more bandwidth. Turn
When someone logs onto a
wi-fi system and takes a BIG chunk of the bandwidth to
say, download a movie, or stream music, that big chunk
can really slow down all other park users. More
than one RV'er has spent a disgruntling couple of hours
trying to 'take care of business' on the internet, only
to hear next morning his neighbor bragging about a great
movie he downloaded the night before.
Please add this to your
courtesy list: if you have got your own, personal
internet connection, download your movies, audio books,
and the like at will. But, If you are sharing a
wi-fi connection in an RV park, please restrict yourself
from using those big download services and keep your
computer system clean. Your neighbors will
appreciate it and you will appreciate it, the next time
you log on.
Please pay particular
attention to the article at the right. It contains
a link to free malware protection software you can
quickly download and then scan your system. Take
advantage of this opportunity. What have you got
to lose but some really bad stuff in your system
software and gain a faster, cleaner computer. Good
Trouble connecting to KOFA Ko-op WiFi? Click
Things You Should Do With
- Right Now!
By Jack Yates, Computer Safety
your computer defenses.
your firewall, anti-virus, anti-spyware, and a
new one, anti-malware. "Sounds like too
many things to do. I don't have anything on my
hard drive that anyone wants." Don't be so
sure. If Hackers can't get your money they will
use your hard drive to make money. How? Hackers
will take charge of your hard drive and use it
to send out Spam Email and Phishing scams
throughout the world every time you go on the
Internet. At rates of almost 1/2 cents a piece,
that's good money for people from Korea, Russia,
South Africa, China and elsewhere. The
important thing here is not only is it slowing
down your computer, but everyone else on the
Wi-Fi network. Yes, we all suffer when
thousands, maybe millions of Emails are sent all
day long from your computers.
software like www.malwarebytes.com searches your registry and other
files for Trojan Horses. These are sneaky
programs that can hide away from all the other
anti programs you have installed and do all
kinds of damage. Some of these will follow you
on the Internet, pick up passwords and Id's,
steal your identity and load up your WI-FI with
Spam and scams being sent to others just to name
off Sharing files, folders and
of the computers with
and Windows 7
are sold with Sharing Files and Sharing Folders
turned on. This should only be used when you
have more than one computer in your house and
your own private network, not when you are out
and about in the RV world. Do you want to share
your computer information with others? Find out
now how you can turn these information leaks
your drives regularly.
it a habit of scanning your drives at regular
intervals (including your flash drive) with the
programs mentioned above. They all serve a
purpose to keep you safe and allow you to have
an enjoyable time on the Internet.
your Internet passwords.
rules for safe passwords are: They must be 8 or
more digits, at least one capital letter and 1
should change your password every 6
months particularly on critical accesses like
banks, credit cards and brokerage accounts.