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Wireless (Wi-Fi) Security Tips

warbleeder
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Wireless (Wi-Fi) Security Tips

I was reading this article to see what tips where given (dose not matter to me as my network is hidden and mac access only + a big caps lower and numbers encryption)
how ever i saw nothing about how to hide a network and connect to a hidden one.... wouldnt this make things abit harder for people trying to hack?
and telling router/modem to allow certain mac address to connect would make it near on impossible?
only a suggestion as i know not all modem/routers support this but if people know how to do these i recon it would result in less and less broadband steals
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kmilburn
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Re: Wireless (Wi-Fi) Security Tips

Hiding the network SSID achieves nothing more than than asking people to pretend your not there,  while standard tools won't show you it's there, more advanced tools will show you all the hidden networks too.

While restricting connections by MAC address will provide a good level of security,  it still wouldn't stop a determined hacker as MAC addresses can be modified.
warbleeder
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Re: Wireless (Wi-Fi) Security Tips

yes but my point is it would make things harder and deter normal people from trying to hack them
when i first moved in i had several attempted hacks on my router (was not connected to net at the time)
now its hidden i have yet to see any attempts..... hiding your network is now basic security and most routers/modems allow it same with mac address to be fair
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Re: Wireless (Wi-Fi) Security Tips

Hiding the SSID has downsides, mostly related to it not really being a proper part of the wifi protocol, and is ineffective at hiding the SSID.
It's a bit like trying to improve security by removing your house number from your front door.
The "hidden" SSID will still be transmitted occasionally when computers connect, or when connected computers need to check the router is still there.
Similarly, MAC address filtering is also largely pointless because the MAC addresses are also transmitted unencrypted.
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Re: Wireless (Wi-Fi) Security Tips

I am not sure if this is the same thing but I have set my wireless connections to not see other computers on the network - all the networked computers are wired - so that ipads, iphones, visiting laptops etc. can't access the network
warbleeder
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Re: Wireless (Wi-Fi) Security Tips

all im basically saying is i think it could do with a upgrade
if plusnet dont have time for it im happy enough to write one up and let them proof read/post on website
and aye ojim kind of same thing the above article is not basic stuff anymore
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Re: Wireless (Wi-Fi) Security Tips

Write a library article - you don't need anyone's permission to so that
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Re: Wireless (Wi-Fi) Security Tips

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Re: Wireless (Wi-Fi) Security Tips

[Censored] - I forgot about that but I also would have thought it would have been sorted by now. We all know what thought did don't we
warbleeder
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Re: Wireless (Wi-Fi) Security Tips

ill keep a eye for library coming back up and ill type it up as and when it dose
just thought the point ive been putting across would come under Wireless (Wi-Fi) Security Tips  and help people with less knowledge about this stuff
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Re: Wireless (Wi-Fi) Security Tips

Worst thing about new routers is  that  as default they are ON  Embarrassed  which is wrong as if you have no use for wifi , like me wired only  you have to turn it off  .
it should be off !! unless you intend to use it , the thing is unfortunately a lot of people who dont realize will get hacked  Undecided
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Re: Wireless (Wi-Fi) Security Tips

Hiding the SSID actually creates problems with Vista PCs and ( I believe) Windows 7 machines. MAC filtering is no use for protection against hackers because MACs can be spoofed very easily. Top level encryption using WPA2 with a long key of symbols/numbers/letters is the best security. Also its amazing how many people leave the log in credentials for the router as default, change both user name and password.
warbleeder
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Re: Wireless (Wi-Fi) Security Tips

i have windows 8 on all my computers now and dont have a problem with hidden SSID nor did i on windows 7 come to think of it...
only time i had a problem was when my wifi card started to die