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Got WiFi? Look at this.

Post by Circumlocutus » Tue Apr 17, 2007 9:18 pm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/here ... 565079.stm

If you use a Wireless Router and do not use any of the wireless security protocols supported by the router, you are opening your internet to:
  • Your neighbours
  • Anybody who stumbles upon the signal
who will then be able to visit any website out there.

By out there, I mean they could be downloading:
  • Commercial Software without proper license
  • Movies & CD's
  • Even child pornography.
Wikipedia definition of Piggybacking

If anybody piggybacks onto your connection to gain access to any illegal content, it is your IP address which will be recorded, & any legal action will be targetted at the account holder. Whilst 1 person (at the very least) has successfully argued that because there wireless connection was open, that they were not guilty of downloading the offending media, it won't be long before many legal jurisdictions will start declaring leaving unsecured wireless connections as abetting criminals.

Of course, theres also the fact the most Windows PC's in homes will still have the Workgroup identifier set to "WORKGROUP" or "MSHOME" and if there is more than 1 PC in the household, you will most likely have File & Printer sharing enabled, and that piggybacker will have access to any folder shared on the network.
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Post by Circumlocutus » Tue Apr 17, 2007 9:48 pm

Tips for securing your network
  • Change your router's password, I bet your's is 'admin', 'root' or 'password'?
  • Use the strongest Wireless Protocol that all of the devices in your household supports, WEP is the weakest and the 64bit passkey is the weakest that WEP supports. But if that is all that one of your devices supports, you will have to use it for all of your devices.
  • Audit all of your WiFi devices for their MAC addresses (usually found on a label on the underside of the device, Windows will display the MAC address of it's wireless card by viewing the properties on the Wireless adapter in "Internet Connections". If you cannot find the MAC address label, connect the devices wirelessly to the router, and use the router's GUI to view the MAC addresses of the connected devices.
  • Enable MAC address filtering on your router to allow only those MAC addresses that you know.
  • Assign each device a unique IP address,
  • Turn off Wireless SSID Broadcast
Whilst these measures will not prevent the determined from accessing your network, it is not the determined that you need to be worried about, it is the opportunist who stumbles upon your network and decides to take advantage of the lack of security that cause the majority of threats to household network security.

For more information on changing your router's settings, consult the support files on your router's manufacturers website.
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Re: Got WiFi? Look at this.

Post by daveshrop » Wed Apr 18, 2007 1:11 pm

Thanks for info
I checked my router & unchecked the SSID Broadcast tick box
Also i have weakest wireless protocol WEP so will try & change it to WPA

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Post by x-15a2 » Wed Apr 18, 2007 1:26 pm

Or do what I do, live 5 miles out of town, closest neighbor ¼ mile away and put the router in the basement of the house. No signal even when in my driveway!

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Post by daveshrop » Wed Apr 18, 2007 1:32 pm

x-15a2 wrote:Or do what I do, live 5 miles out of town, closest neighbor ¼ mile away and put the router in the basement of the house. No signal even when in my driveway!
Sounds idyllic 8)

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Re: Got WiFi? Look at this.

Post by x-15a2 » Wed Apr 18, 2007 1:38 pm

...or idiotic! :D

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Post by hornakapopolis » Wed Apr 18, 2007 1:58 pm

Personally, I don't think I'll be moving to protect my wireless signal. ;)

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Re: Got WiFi? Look at this.

Post by x-15a2 » Wed Apr 18, 2007 5:11 pm

For me, it was pretty much worth it!

OK, I lived there years before WiFi was even available, still, it's a great story!

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