wi-fi

March 19, 2010 12:24pm CST
has anyone had trouble with people using your wi-fi service? i was working on my laptop and it seems my computer wasn't secure, so i secured it, and i found out on youtube even when you see that your wi-fi connection is secure it really isnt from people who really want to know what youre up to. I heard that if some one is taking your wi-fi service and using it you can get the fbi involved.
2 responses
@rosdimy (3936)
• Malaysia
20 Mar 10
Are you connected directly to the Internet Service Provider? Or are you using a wireless router? If you use a wireless router then use WPA instead of WEP. Even WEP is enough for many cases because the person listening in to the conversation between your computer and the router needs sufficient information to decrypt your password. It is easy to block other people from using your WiFi. The router that I am using has the option to block both MAC and IP address. This makes it difficult for anyone to hook on to the family network. If you are directly connected to a wireless Internet Service Provider ensure that you do not set your laptop to act as a wireless server. The security department will get involved if the other person do something illegal.
20 Mar 10
yes im using a wireless router, but thanks for the info, ive heard that kismet can bypass all of the security you have. kismet is a hackers tool that people use to get passwords and other things. How can prove that people are using my internet service? its very hard to do i cant just go up to my neighbor and tell them hey stop using my service.
@rosdimy (3936)
• Malaysia
20 Mar 10
I do realise that no security measure is invincible. Kismet is not for the ordinary computer user. Many Internet users get connected, and use the 'free' connection, to surf the web. Most know about the security/password thing, but they do not know more. Kismet is not a simple download, install, and run software. Before this I used to live in a neighbourhood where I detected 28 computer users hooking on to my home wireless network. Only one had the decency to disconnect and tried to look for the owner of the network. The rest, thinking that I am an old idiot, kept on trying. Occasionally I let them through, and they all thought that it was due to changes in the weather. Months later I suggested to several of them that they make some contribution as I have to pay the electricity bill. They refused by getting their own Internet access. All they did for Internet security was to have a WEP based password. After two months in a new neighbourhood I have detected 24 unauthorised connections. If you have a USB GPS equipment you casn detect the rough location of a wireless station using Net Stumbler. Many hackers use Wireshark to find out the conversation between a wireless station and a wireless network. Network Investigator is a newer software which is said to be better than Wireshark in several aspects.
@Paleflare (141)
• Philippines
22 Mar 10
Hi mudocolips, Yeah I heard some software and junk stuffs can bypass a wifi security, I thought it was just a myth but its really true. I wonder if we can report this to the authority maybe the can do something about it like trace the ip address the one who bypass your wi fi security and send that low life to jail yeah :)) cheers! have a nice day.