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What can I do to secure my wireless connection.

Posted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:31 pm
by frenzyfol
I recently (year or so) used a wireless router to network 2 computers in my house.
I had some strange download patterns and I think someone might be piggy backing my connection. I'm a bit of a noob, embarrassingly I had the connection completely open which I now have passworded. I've also just set up windows firewall and I'm running AVG.
Is there anything else you guys suggest doing to improve security?.

Thanks.

Re: What can I do to secure my wireless connection.

Posted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:59 pm
by Dazzled
These people are usually merely local bandwidth thieves, downloading media at your expense to avoid a parental confrontation over the bill, though if they have some skills and some tools available, you are in trouble (if you want a fright, look at some of the tools freely distributed here: http://www.backtrack-linux.org/)

The most important thing you can do is choose WPA encryption with a long password or phrase (after 20 chars it becomes unbreakable for practical purposes). Don't use a dictionary word, unless you invent a very peculiar spelling, and don't use a name you are known by.

You also attract thieves by broadcasting the default name of your router. The default name virtually advertises an unsecured router. So if it's "wireless" or "netgear", or the like, change it to something nobody would use for a brand name, but don't identify yourself.

I have only one family member who still uses Windows. He never cared much about security until he read an email from me, telling him a few facts about his modem/router and his XP computer. He still doesn't know how I did it, but he got the message. Always secure every aspect of your modem/router.

Re: What can I do to secure my wireless connection.

Posted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:10 pm
by thomashouseman

Re: What can I do to secure my wireless connection.

Posted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:42 pm
by frenzyfol
Thanks for the help and link.
Very useful information.

Re: What can I do to secure my wireless connection.

Posted: Sat Sep 11, 2010 3:52 pm
by davesydney84
I have been educated about WPA-PSK which is extra-strong encryption, so therefore you will not need data cabling installed in order to have a safe and secure network. My apologies for the previous comment, but I have had many people give me misleading information

Re: What can I do to secure my wireless connection.

Posted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 12:12 am
by CoreyPlover
davesydney84 wrote:I dont think there is any way of truly securing your wireless
Cabling has its advantages over wireless (the main ones being speed and reliability). But it *IS* possible to secure your wireless with modern encryption and authentication protocols, WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK for example:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/expert/bowman_03july28.mspx wrote:In simple terms, WPA-PSK is extra-strong encryption where encryption keys are automatically changed (called rekeying) and authenticated between devices after a specified period of time, or after a specified number of packets has been transmitted. This is called the rekey interval. WPA-PSK is far superior to WEP and provides stronger protection for the home/SOHO user for two reasons. The process used to generate the encryption key is very rigorous and the rekeying (or key changing) is done very quickly. This stops even the most determined hacker from gathering enough data to break the encryption.
http://www.wififorbusiness.com/2010/05/04/which-is-the-best-wireless-security-wep-wpa-psk-tkip-wpa2-psk-aes-or-wpa-psk-tkipwpa2-psk-aes/ wrote:WPA-PSK [TKIP]+WPA2-PSK [AES] is a combination of the two and it is safe to assume that using both of these quite advanced methods of encryption that you for one will be secured by a decent crypt algorithm and have the advantage of per-packet key mixing, message integrity checking and rekeying of the AES cipher. Quite advanced and yes this would almost certainly have to be one of the most secure ways of configuring your wireless networks.
Besides, one should be quite wary of listening to the advice of an individual who has a vested interest by operating their own data cabling business...