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Posted: 2/23/2006 2:27:17 PM EDT
So I am finally wireless in my house (actually a high rise). The number of unsecured connections in our building has me thinking about security. I am currently using WPA to secure the connection. The kid who sold me the router said to use MAC addresses to secure the connection, but others I have read said that idea sucks. Any ideas? We do quite a bit of financial stuff online so I would like to get to the level of comfortably secure.

shooter
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 2:34:16 PM EDT
Tag for info, Im about to go wireless myself.
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 2:35:02 PM EDT
WEP with 124 bit encryption to secure the WiFi
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 2:40:25 PM EDT
Isn't WEP unsecure like hell?

These guys think so
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 2:41:21 PM EDT
WPA/WPA2 are the most secure protocols to use. And hiding your ssid does nothing so dont bother. As for mac filtering, it works but if someone really wants to get in they'll just spoof your mac address and pretend to be your pc or another in your network. Wifi is really never going to be 100% esecially if someone living near you wants in. They have all day and night to listen in and pick up pieces of the WEP key on any protocol you use, WPA simply makes it more complicated and it takes longer to crack. If your really that concerned and are willing to have a slightly slower connection, stick with WPA, cuz I dont think WPA2 has been out longer enough for all hardware and software to be compatible. If your running windows make sure you keep your updates on auto, if your running linux or mac os x you dont have much to worry about. Shared files will be about the only thing vunerable if you have everything setup right but once again thats only if they actually get in.

And BTW with all the unsecure networks around you that you can detect, its WAAAAAY uber more times likely that a h@x0r kiddy would play around with all the free and open internet sources then try to mess with yours.

Your as safe prolly right now as safe can get.
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 2:43:04 PM EDT

Originally Posted By pagansmurfen:
Isn't WEP unsecure like hell?

These guys think so



Wep uses a single hexidecimal key that you have to manually type in to change every so often (a friggin pain) and WPA has a alternating, changing key if Im not mistaken. WPA is way more secure but also a slower connection based on the fact that a bigger header of sorts is sent with each packet (once again, If im not mistaken)
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 2:44:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Mrrogers1:
WEP with 124 bit encryption to secure the WiFi

NO NO NO, he's already running WPA, which is much more secure than WEP. Turning off broadcast and doing MAC filtering are gimmicks, anybody who can get past WPA can get past them.
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