Wirless Internet Security

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  1. Gohobojoe
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    Looking over the bills and stuff shows that there's been somebody else using my Internet.

    Other then changing the password every few days or so and using wireless MAC filtering, is there any other way to beef up security?
     


  2. TheWingless

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    Using WPA or better(WPA2?) would help, as WEP can be cracked pretty easily.
     
  3. CrimzonEyed

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    WPA2 is almost uncrackable if someone (well if it's not a easy to guess password)
     
  4. Originality

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    WPA2 actually has been cracked already by a certain research team. Of course the method will never become official, so people have to keep guessing. Takes around 20-50 seconds though.

    Some routers offer additional security options other than the standard WiFi encryption, such as Whitelisting (MAC address filtering - only registered devices can access it), Push-connction (you have to push a button on the device to enable new devices to connect - only once though), disabled broadcasting (I forget the specific term for it - telling it not to respond to broad spectrum "pings" trying to find the router's name, IP and security status, so only devices already preconfigured with the router can even find out it's there - also a good method to prevent "sniffing") or just sticking to wired solutions (which I assume you don't want, hence the thread).
     
  5. Wabsta

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    Protip:
    Call your wireless something really weird, like, "ILUVFURRIES".
    And then, make a connection with it, like you normally do.
    And then imideatly make the SID, or the SIDD, or the SSID, or w/e it's called, invisible.

    And then if some of your friends want to connect, tell them to connect to "ILUVFURRIES".

    Because, I don't think that "hacker" will be able to guess your SSID, or something, AND your password.
     
  6. Joe88

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    they usually never guess
    they use brute force attack programs
     
  7. Wabsta

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    Yea but that's gay.
     
  8. CrimzonEyed

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    on my router i use Mac filtering myself, it's easy to only add my own mac and my ds mac adress and tada! only those 2 devices can access [​IMG]
     
  9. Gohobojoe
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    Currently, I'm using WPA2 with a Linksys WRT160N Wireless-N broadband router.

    Interestingly enough, MAC filtering to allow only the ones I register didn't work. Either that or I did some crazy downloading.
    Push Connection? I need to check if the router can do it.
     
  10. vergilite

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    Yes and its verry hard to create a brute force program for invisible SSID'S
     
  11. Gohobojoe
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    So, using an invisible SSID and MAC filtering should keep them out?
     
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    MAC Addresses can easily be spoofed. I wouldn't rely on just that for security. Go with WPA2-AES. Impossible to crack.
     
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    Find out who it is that is using your internets, and introduce their computer to a nice, hard baseball bat.
    Also, do what the others said, invisible SSIDs are useful [​IMG]

    *Just did a wireless search, and found the SSID "f**k off my router" .
    That could work too.
     
  14. Gohobojoe
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    I'm tempted to change the SSID to that now...
     
  15. Slyakin

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    Other than Mac filtering and WPA-2 AES, I would recommend just blocking the devices that access your router specifically. My router (A Belkin) lets me see the device history, and lets me block certain devices that have used it to access the internet. That's really all I can think of. [​IMG]


    (I also think you can track the Mac address of other devices and block those? I don't know...)


    Also, don't broadcast your SSID. That really just begs for trouble.
     
  16. m3ian

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    Use WPA2 wireless security and don't broadcast your SSID. Your router might also have a guest account on it which has a different password than the routers administrator networks password.
     
  17. Gohobojoe
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    Nah, there's only the admin account for the router. I should change it.


    Wi-Fi Protected Setup, is that the push-connection thing spoken of earlier?
     
  18. Gohobojoe
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    Okay, it's been setup with WPA2, wireless MAC filtering, and a non-broadcasting SSID.

    Okay, Windows 7 has the option to use other networks, but XP doesn't. How do i connect to a non-broadcasting SSID using XP?
     
  19. Elritha

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    For WPA2 make sure you are using a sufficient key length and don't make it something easy to guess like dictionary based. I'd recommend this site for generating a random 63 character length key. Here

    It isn't worth hiding your SSID and it isn't an extra layer of security. A person scanning for wireless networks can easily pick up on a wireless network, hidden or not.
     
  20. Maz7006

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    Limit your DHCP server to only assign IP's to all your devices at home

    reserve them to all your devices at home (get them to connect so you can see their mac address) once you've done so just limit to the DHCPs server

    for example : for me that is, i have it set to 192.168.0.100 - 192.168.0.1005 ... 5 IP's that are reserved for just my 5 things ..., crackers can still crack the key, yet they wont be aassigned an IP and thus connect to your network.

    now just make sure to set a custom user/pass for the router (as in dnt leave it to the defaults)

    Only way i have gotten rid of this nuisance; only down side is that every time you want to connect something new your going to have to edit your DHCP settings.

    This is a real pissy thing to deal with, especially for me as in the last thing i need is some dickhead to waste my only 3GB download and 3GB upload quota for the whole month.

    you can go to the extreme and only let the wireless broadcast only in your home, some engineer can deal with this by installing some material in your household, kind of costly though.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb726942.aspx

    here [​IMG]