Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Wireless Security

So, you have a high speed modem in your house, and you finally made the decision to get a wireless router, and share your connection in your home. But, is your network secure?

One of the first rules of wireless security is to understand there is no such thing as true security. For instance, if someone wants to break into your house bad enough, they are going to get in.

So, what does that mean for you? It means that you need to set something in place to discourage hackers. If they come down your street, and scan for wireless networks and they see yours has security features enabled, but the other networks on the street aren't, they will go for the easier target.

So what can you do? Well, Wireless routers come with two basic wireless features built in. WEP, and WPA.

WEP is Wireless Equivalent Privacy. This is the very basic encryption security. Basically you generate a wireless key, and then enter it on whatever machine will access your network.

WPA is WiFi Protected Access. This is an enhanced wireless key security, and considered to be better than WEP.

There are other advanced security features out there to keep your wireless network safe, and I am aware that these can be easily hacked if needed. This post is just a starter guide to point you in the direction of wireless security.

If you interested in learning more, check these out:

Wireless Security End to End

WiFoo II - The Secrets of Wireless Hacking

Want to understand how hacking happens, and the basics of the hacker culture?

No Tech Hacking: A Guide to Social Engineering, Dumpster Diving, and Shoulder Surfing

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