Jackie here, with AllClear ID. It sounds like something out of a horror flick – and if your home network isn’t properly secured it could quickly become your worst nightmare. War driving is a simple technique that thieves can use to steal your identity. Perpetrators troll neighborhoods looking for unsecured Wi-Fi networks. They then use a laptop and easily obtained software to capture the information you are sending and receiving.

War driving made headlines late last year and early this year when it was discovered that Google Street View vehicles were collecting unencrypted data; everything from passwords to usernames to instant messaging conversations and more, all from unsecured wireless networks. Fortunately in Google’s case they were only after information, not identities. While Google’s war driving incident might be one of the most publicized around, it certainly isn’t the only instance where this occurs. ID thieves commonly use war driving to get the information they need to steal your identity. If your network isn’t secured, you are at risk.

If you use a wireless network at home, protecting yourself from war driving just takes a few minutes. If you don’t have wireless access, you don’t have to do anything at all! This article on PCWorld will walk you through securing your home wireless network and protecting yourself when connecting wirelessly at hotspots.

Is your home network secured? If you aren’t sure find out today. If your network isn’t secured you might be sharing everything you do online with identity thieves and increasing your id theft risk.