Wireless Security Suggestions

By beerabuser30
Dec 30, 2005
  1. What are the suggestions everyone has for wireless networks security? I have had multiple routers and many have the same options but a lot of the stuff is different. Wasn't sure where to place this post but I guess networking is as good as a spot as any.
  2. SultanGris

    SultanGris TS Booster Posts: 158

    depends on where u live, what u have on computer, and how much u care.

    if you have personal financial info on your pc, and live in a city, and have your hard drive shared out to your other pc's on your network, i would enable the security.

    if u dont live within wireless range of any other houses, dont have personal info, and dont have hard drives shared, it wont really matter, unless your talking about firewall security from the internet,
  3. beerabuser30

    beerabuser30 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 200

    What encryption does everyone use?
  4. SultanGris

    SultanGris TS Booster Posts: 158

    i dont use any, cause no one lives close enough to access my network, plus i dont have any personal info on my pc, and my hd isnt shared, so if they do access my network, all they can do is print something and use the internet.
  5. beerabuser30

    beerabuser30 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 200

    I don't have anything all that important, but I do have some drives shared on multiple computers.
  6. vhunter

    vhunter TS Rookie Posts: 84

    For Wireless, I use WPA with TKIP.
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,151   +598

    security is a multi-faceted issue.
    First, there is a proactive component; things you do to AVOID problems;
    Routers, firewalls, escryption, blacklists, are some examples.
    Secondly, there's the reactive component; antivirus and Intrustion Detection Systems are primary examples.

    When you have a setup like
    DSL/Cable modem --- some-router---systems(one or more)
    the NAT feature of the router becomes your primary defense from direct attack
    from the internet (excluding email, applets, java, and ActiveX).
    Without a wireless connection, this will defend a great deal. With a wireless,
    the ENCRYPTION will be your secondary defense. If you setup your firewall
    correctly, the worst case breach will be to 'seal bandwidth' of your connection.
    The Wirewall will/could/should/must reject all access from LAN addresses you do not use.

    EG: I have several systems and I setup the LAN to TRUST(allow)
    anything from known addresses ( --
    I ensure that my DHCP assigns unknow users to and above,
    and set the firewall to disallow all access from these addresses.

    While many people dump on Norton NIS, I like the Profiling capability which
    allows me to create {away, office, home} profiles and assign separate runs to
    each. I can go to any hotspot, connect, and be assured no one is getting access.

    WPA is far superior to WEP, as someone with technical skills can get the key
    and break the code *IF* they wish to make the effort.
    Per the above reasoning, this can be mute if the secondary defense is setup correctly.
  8. beerabuser30

    beerabuser30 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 200

    I have wpa and tkip enabled currently. Allowing trust for the different accounts is interesting i might try that out.
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