You live "out in the middle of nowhere" and feel there is no need to protect your internet connection because there is no one that lives near you. one day you are unable to connect to the internet. after calling tech support you find that someone has hacked into your router and has changed all the settings. fortunately the hacker only wanted to use your internet connection and did not view any information on your computer. your decision to leave your router unprotected risked the integrity of the information on your computer. select yes or no.
yes, it put you at risk, and could have actually gotten you killed.