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    Default Dominion Discovers Wireless

    The Dominion just found out today that wireless can be insecure and many people don't secure it. They advised to hide your SSID - which is a fat lot of use. No mention of WPA encyption and I doubt anyone following their suggested security advice is any better off this evening.

    But the Police spokesmen obviously thinks there are hundreds of people racing around downloading child porn on insecure wireless connections - yeah right.

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    Default Re: Dominion Discovers Wireless

    I am fairly sure that anyone who gets a wifi router and knows a little bit about it knows to and how to secure it. Those who don't and buy a wifi router are pretty stupid!

    I went wardriving once and was pleasantly surprised at the percentage of secured wireless connections (about 90%)
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    Default Re: Dominion Discovers Wireless

    Quote Originally Posted by Twelvevolts View Post
    They advised to hide your SSID - which is a fat lot of use.
    Why? I would have thought not broadcasting your network name would add another barrier?

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    They had a thing about wireless on the news the other day. Saying someone can and they probably do use your access, if you dont secure it.

    And deal in stolen goods. On sites like Trademe.

    And here they say WPA and WPA2 are no longer secure

    They also say using a MAC filter doesnt help as it can be spoofed, and hiding your SSID doesnt do much either

    I came across a few wireless networks here the other day.

    Even tho the person may hide their SSID, it doesnt mean you cant connect to it, if it isnt secure. Out of say 10, I saw the other day, most were secure / encrypted, about 4 werent
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    Default Re: Dominion Discovers Wireless

    Quote Originally Posted by Jen View Post
    Why? I would have thought not broadcasting your network name would add another barrier?
    Well you can't actually hide your router by "hiding" your SSID as it is easily discoverable by the hackers, it therefore provides a false sense of security and is quite likely to degrade the performance of your network.

    WPA encryption with a strong password is your best defence - hiding your SSID is not recommended, for example see http://tech.blorge.com/Structure:%20...ide-your-ssid/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy Gonzales View Post
    They had a thing about wireless on the news the other day. Saying someone can and they probably do use your access, if you dont secure it.

    And deal in stolen goods. On sites like Trademe.

    And here they say WPA and WPA2 are no longer secure

    They also say using a MAC filter doesnt help as it can be spoofed, and hiding your SSID doesnt do much either

    I came across a few wireless networks here the other day.

    Even tho the person may hide their SSID, it doesnt mean you cant connect to it, if it isnt secure. Out of say 10, I saw the other day, most were secure / encrypted, about 4 werent
    Well that's an interesting update on WPA 2 - look forward to what Steve Gibson will have to say about that.

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