Re: Possible to secure WEP?
It's open source, very safer and easy to configure.
In article <qqir02pd1so2e1metfn7rf9ikvo1a1nmhr@xxxxxxx>, Ari <nomail@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Tue, 07 Mar 2006 17:16:19 GMT, David Taylor <djtaylor@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Is there any way to secure the data that passes over the wireless so
that it is not available to hackers without buying a different router?
I want the data that I send over the air to be relatively secure and I
want to make sure no one accesses my system via the wireless.
You could change the key every 5 minutes? :)
I was thinking more along the lines proxy software on both ends of the
wireless, where the user could define the method of encryption or set
up a table to change the key every so often automatically, most
machines with internet access can easily maintain time within a few
seconds, so the keys could be changed on a predefined schedule. This
would be software running in the PC, so perhaps this is a weakness.
WEP with a decent passphrase (use hex key to embed in laptop) should be
fine for most purposes. If you are the Bank of England maybe you need more.
Why is someone going to sit around and hack your wireless network when just
down the street the neighbor in the white house with blue shutters has a
wide open network.
Think of this like a burglar alarm on your house, will it actually stop a
determined thief, absolutely not, will it get 99.99% of them to try the
house next door without the alarm, of course. Why struggle with an alarm if
the pickings are easier just a few feet away.
Remember your online banking etc is down via SSH anyway (https) so that in
itself is additonal security. If you are just not going to be happy, there
are those services that will let you VPN into their network and then they
route your traffic. In some public hotspots likely not a bad idea. But you
can use them for every day use if you wish. I think there are free ones and
fee ones. Shop around before you buy.
fundamentalism, fundamentally wrong.
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