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Running wireless at home? Read this security article

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by newyorkin, Nov 5, 2004.

  1. newyorkin

    newyorkin 1 ton status

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    http://reviews-zdnet.com.com/AnchorDesk/4520-7297_16-5540710.html?tag=adss&tag=nl.e501-2

    BTW, ignore the "outside the firewall advice", I consider it highly debatable. Also ignore most of the comments on the article, there is some misinformation in them.

    I've been telling people that's why it's important to use security, but everyone dismisses it as "won't happen to me". I should have sent in the article I wrote about it, maybe I could've been paid for my annoying opinion.

    On the other hand, I do enjoy being able to drive around for 5 minutes and find a nice fast free internet connection when I'm not home or in the office... I found one last week that the owner knew enough to get into it and change the SSID, but not enough to turn on security. Guess what he made his SSID; his address. I parked in front of his house for a better signal. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    Thanks Ratch, good info! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I've been telling people that's why it's important to use security, but everyone dismisses it as "won't happen to me".

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    Not me. I like security. Wireless network connections are really easy to setup in a secure manner. Having neighbors and strangers steal bandwidth is a pain in the rear but allowing someone to sit on your network and take a shot at your personal stuff is just stupid. What if they stole all your porn? /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif


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    I parked in front of his house for a better signal.

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    Not to hyjack the thread or anything but I have a question about security. I've noticed that the more security measures I take and add to the system, the slower my internet works. Is there a link here?

    Keep in mind that I'm on dial up with a 56k modem but I have a high speed computer. Things seem to be slowing way down since updating and service packing and spy hunting and cookie killing and firewalling and all that crap. Geeesh isn't it a sick world where you can't even communicate without taking a chance of losing everything you have?

    On the side, is this all not that apparent with DSL?
     
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    I have a wireless network. (Netgear) I thought it is pretty seceure.
    I changed the SSID. Set a password for all hardware so unless a device has the password set in the card it cannot access my network. I set up its hardware firewall.
    I have tried to hack into it and have been unable to.
    I have pinged it from a remote sourse and could find no open ports. Also my Virus scan (Trend micro) alerts me if anyone tries to hack my wireless network.
    Is there anything more I need to do?
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    I think the password you set is the WEP (wireless encryption protocol) security. Not absolutely crack-proof, but pretty much the best thing available.
    The next step would be to manually enter each wireless device's mac address (it should be on a label on the card somewhere) in the "allowed" table on the wireless access point.
    The mac address security is actually the only one I was able to use at my house for a while, I had bought some cheap ebay cards that only supported 40-bit encryption, and the router I had didn't do less than 128.
    I would say you're pretty safe as you are.

    Landsmasher, yes, it is less apparent with DSL, but the risk is also greater. Being on dial-up, if you're seeing more and more lag, I'd say make sure you don't have any viral infections or spyware that's eating up your bandwidth when it tries to call home (while you're connected). The protective stuff shouldn't slow you down too much if you have a high power computer, the slowest point would be the dial-up link and I would guess too much data trying to push across it at once.
     

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