ZRS contributor Christian Lowell suggests taking an unusual precautionary measure in a catastrophic zombie outbreak: disabling your wifi.
Lowell argues that wifi signals can be used as primitive homing devices, making you vulnerable to attack even if your house appears to be abandoned from the outside. All a clever gang of looters needs to do is drive down residential streets with their laptop set to search for available wifi. A signal means jackpot for them, and trouble for you.
“Your house may be completely blacked out, but an active wireless network lets the bad guys know there’s a potentially lucrative target in the immediate area.”
Once the gang gets a hint that someone is sheltering nearby, all they need to do is search two or three likely houses until you’re discovered. At that point, zombies are the least of your worries, as your food, water and other supplies become things of the past.
So when the undead rise, consider plugging in or shutting down. Though the internet may last longer than grid utilities like power and water, it’s not worth the risk as people become more and more desperate to survive.
Besides, nobody will be reading your Facebook updates anyway.