Wireless Routers

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  1. 2xPutt

    2xPutt New Member

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    alright, in a nutshell, how much damage can be done to me/my life/computer with a wireless router? and what steps could I take to prevent them?

    long story short, my girlfriend got a laptop for a graduation gift, I bought a Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router with SpeedBooster(whatever the heck that is) so that she could get on her laptop and me be on the desktop. When she first got her laptop, she was picking up connections in the area and was able to get on the internet. That tells me that people in my area (as podunk as it is) have wireless computers. Is there a way to limit who can get my connection?

    and the most important questions:

    if someone advanced enough comes in this area, can they actually do anything to my computer? can they steal my passwords/information, see what I'm doing? actually put stuff ON my computer? or do they just simply take away some of my bandwith? or am I just being completely paranoid in the new "times" of today? :hs:

    thanks for any help in advance.
     
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    keleko yes, he is

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    if you have wireless, you are not secured
    there was an EDU posted a few weeks ago...

    unless you've gone with a decent cisco product, etc etc, you can be hacked


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  3. 2xPutt

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    anyone have the link? and in the EDU, does it explain how to protect?
     
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    Change the default administrator password for the router's config, enable WPA on the router, choose a really ambiguous password for the WPA, and make sure you have a decent firewall. You may even want to enable MAC filtering, though with an awesome WPA password, it won't be needed. Do these things and you won't have any problems.
     
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    what exactly is WPA and when I enable it, does it automatically prompt me to give it a password?

    sorry so noobish, but I dealt with a wired router last time because it didn't boost my internet to everyone
     
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wi-Fi_Protected_Access

    Read up on your router's documentation. With most routers, it is quite simple to set it up. With WPA enabled, when you try to connect to your wireless network, it will prompt you to enter your password. Like I said, the stronger the password (numbers, letters, uppercase, lowercase, etc.), the lower the chance of cracking it.
     
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    keleko yes, he is

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    :mamoru: too hard for most ppl
     
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    You got that right...of the 15 wireless networks I can connect to from my apartment, 13 of them are totally open, and the other 2 are using WEP. :mamoru:
     
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    thank you, I changed my security type from WEP to WPA Personal through my router's configurations and chose a real obscure password that I made up. I can't test it until my girlfriend gets home from school because she pw'd her laptop, but thank you for your help :)
     
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    Have you changed the router's default login password? Many people overlook that.
     
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    the one where the password is "admin"?

    I want to, but I can't seem to find the option, but i'm probably overlooking it :o
     
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    nevermind, just changed it, it confused me because "admin" is 5 characters, but the stars were like 16 characters long, I changed the starred characters to my new password, saved and came back and it was at 16 again, meh, it changed, so i'm happy, lol

    how do I change the username? I don't see that option anywhere.

    and in my router's configuration page, my WPA Personal "WPA Shared Key" is not security-starred out ??
     
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    could be wrong but I dont think you can change the password. Atleast I have never seen an option for it.
     
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    keleko yes, he is

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    your AV fits this post
     
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    you can, when the SO came home, I had her try it out and it asks for a password now to get onto "GetOffMyShit"'s connection :rofl:
     
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    Use MAC filtering to.

    WPA, as you know know is much better than WEP, anyone using WEP should block incoming ping's, thats how they collect enough packets to crack the key, even by ping'in a network printer. Pick a weird SSID to, dont have the default.
     

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