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Use WPA2, not WEP(vanity)
self | 1/27/2013 | Self

Posted on 01/27/2013 10:23:07 AM PST by Signalman

I was viewing some of my neighbors' wi-fi connections on my tablet computer and noticed that most are using the outdated WEP network security standard. This was deemed to be insecure a decade ago and was replaced by the WPA and, later, the WPA2 security standard.

Someone in "listening range" of a wi-fi hotspot using the WEP encryption standard could, potentially, break into the network relatively easily and disrupt it.

Many internet service providers (ISP) still provide WEP as the default, but they are now required to also provide WPA.

So it is a good idea to insure that your current wi-fi security standard is WPA, WPA2 or WPA2/PSK. This can be done using the software provided by your ISP.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: wep; wpa; wpa2

1 posted on 01/27/2013 10:23:12 AM PST by Signalman
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To: Signalman

All wireless can be hacked with free software available on the internet.

WEP is far easier to hack.


2 posted on 01/27/2013 10:30:52 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

“All wireless can be hacked with free software available on the internet”

True, but its sort of like securing a safe. You can use a cheap, flimsy lock or a heavy padlock. Both can be violated. It´s just that the former makes it a lot easier.


3 posted on 01/27/2013 10:39:06 AM PST by Signalman
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To: Signalman
Every once in a while my modem goes out and I have to reboot. In my XP, I have to choose from a number of wireless sources, mostly security-laden neighbors wifi.

However, every now and then, one of the optional wifi selections says "TSA Security, Region 7 (WPA)".

4 posted on 01/27/2013 10:44:51 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Signalman

Security comes in various forms. For some of us, it you are in range to intercept the router signal, you are also in reach out and touch you range.


5 posted on 01/27/2013 10:46:41 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

A neighbor with a sense of humor?


6 posted on 01/27/2013 10:55:55 AM PST by Nita Nupress
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To: Signalman

This is exactly why I have never trusted wifi from day one. I still use hard-wired networking and always will. Did I have to make holes in walls? Yes. Did I have to crawl through the attic? Yes. Did I get tired and sweaty? Yes, but my network is secure! :-)


7 posted on 01/27/2013 11:02:27 AM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi
The other option to name your wifi connection so others will leave it alone is "FBI surveillance van"

CC

8 posted on 01/27/2013 11:12:41 AM PST by Celtic Conservative
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To: Signalman

Good advice. But as others are saying, given enough time wifi can/will be hacked.

My password is pretty strong too. I took a sha1 hash of some random file I had on my thumbdrive and use the output for a password. I figure if I make it hard enough to break, they will move on to easier pickings.

Here’s a very good article on the subject:
http://arstechnica.com/security/2012/08/wireless-password-easily-cracked/


9 posted on 01/27/2013 11:16:04 AM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: Signalman

Throughput on many of the older routers had difficulty handling the extra overhead associated with WPA2 or WPA2/PSK, especially when accomodating several clients or streaming video. Since WiFi routers have proven remarkably sturdy (compared to a lot of other comparable computer gear) people tend to keep what they’ve got until it breaks. So it was easier for them just to leave things alone.

You are absolutely correct - with the increased performance and features available in current routers, there is no reason not to adopt a more secure security schema.


10 posted on 01/27/2013 11:26:06 AM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

I use MAC address filtering in addition to password for the wifi. If your machine MAC address isn’t on the list, it never even gets a chance to enter a password.


11 posted on 01/27/2013 11:34:27 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

You can’t stop the signal...there is no security...just making yourself a harder target....mac spoofing

http://www.securitytube.net/video/433


12 posted on 01/27/2013 11:48:30 AM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: driftdiver

True, but a WPA2 protected network with a secure password (not “password” or “ABC123”) is theoretically crackable, but for practical purposes beyond the ability of average hackers.


13 posted on 01/27/2013 12:01:07 PM PST by Astronaut
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To: Astronaut

” theoretically crackable, but for practical purposes beyond the ability of average hackers.”

It just takes longer as the software needs a large sample size. WPA is better of course, just saying don’t use wireless networking and expect it to be secure.


14 posted on 01/27/2013 12:03:25 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Signalman

My router is wide open. I don’t use a key. It’s too much trouble when people come over. I can’t even connect to it from the garage and my neighbors are too far to tap in. I check the logs periodically and no one has ever tried.


15 posted on 01/27/2013 12:06:07 PM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: Signalman

bflr


16 posted on 01/27/2013 12:07:21 PM PST by sauropod (I will not comply)
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To: AppyPappy

Bad idea. You should always use some sort of encryption and just provide a key to your guests on a thumbdrive. Very easy to do and it will save your butt. You don’t want people using your connection to surf for things that could get you in trouble. Just saying....


17 posted on 01/27/2013 12:24:29 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

Until you tie it to the internet - at which point you are vulnerable. Just like Wep/WAP - it’s just the time it takes to get through and the skill level required that is the question.


18 posted on 01/27/2013 1:52:37 PM PST by fremont_steve
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To: Gaffer

This is a GOOD piece of advice! It IS possible to do MAC spoofing, but you have to know what they are too. If someone can decrypt your Wireless stream they likely can pull the MAC addresses out too. It is one more point in raising the bar to being hacked though.


19 posted on 01/27/2013 1:54:41 PM PST by fremont_steve
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To: AppyPappy

So, someone does some wardriving with a very sensitive WIFI adapter and finds your open network. Not only are they hackers, but they’re also pedophiles and use your network to download kiddy porn. Next thing you know, the FBI is crashing through your door, and you’re on the local news all the while protesting your innocence.

They search all your computers and don’t find anything incriminating. A year later, on page g20, there’s a little ‘correction’ that says you were cleared of all charges but no one sees that or even if they do, they still think you’re guilty.

Checking the logs is locking the barn door after the horse is long gone.

At least add a password.


20 posted on 01/27/2013 1:59:50 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Lx

Dude

Wardriving went out with the 90’s. They can surf for free at Starbucks. I live on a mountain. No one is going to drive up here to use my internet connection which doesn’t even reach the street anyway.


21 posted on 01/27/2013 4:00:37 PM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: 3Fingas

Who is going to use my router? They would have to park in my driveway. I can’t even see another house in the summer.


22 posted on 01/27/2013 4:01:42 PM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: AppyPappy
"Wardriving went out with the 90’s."

it is still en vogue around here. Lots of Red Necks driving around using open and hackable wireless networks to download Movies and Music.

23 posted on 01/27/2013 4:04:18 PM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Parking lot at Starbucks is easier than parking my my driveway. There is no street parking here. I had to install another router just to reach the other side of the house.


24 posted on 01/27/2013 4:07:17 PM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: AppyPappy

Why take the chance when it is so easy to protect yourself?
Better to spend 5 minutes setting up a wpa-enabled password then 1 week trying to prove to the police that you had nothing to do with illegal stuff transiting your router.
I hear what you are saying, but really, save yourself a potential headache.


25 posted on 01/27/2013 4:07:45 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: 3Fingas

For the same reason I don’t lock my car keys in a safe at night to keep people from taking my car. The chances of me forgetting the safe combination are greater than my chances of someone taking my keys.


26 posted on 01/27/2013 4:10:08 PM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: AppyPappy
"Parking lot at Starbucks is easier than parking my my driveway."

The nearest Starbucks to us is about a 2 hour drive. And Wardrivers usually have some very sensitive antennas which means they can grab your signal from much further away.

A buddy of mine built a DIY antenna for his wireless card and can pick up the McDonald's free wifi from several blocks away, yet when you use a normal laptop you can barely pickup the signal outside of the parking lot.

27 posted on 01/27/2013 4:13:05 PM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: AppyPappy

Most routers have a reset to factory default button on the back. If you forget the password, hit the reset. Anyway, it’s a free country...


28 posted on 01/27/2013 4:17:18 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: fremont_steve

Well, if they get past the router with packet-monitoring then good luck to them. :-)


29 posted on 01/27/2013 5:17:07 PM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: 3Fingas

Understood, but better than the rest. You still have to get the address of the prime wireless (its own) and that means you’ve been able to decrypt what it puts out anyway, right?


30 posted on 01/28/2013 10:50:04 AM PST by Gaffer
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