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post #21 of 84
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Originally Posted by Smoka Cola View Post
I have my wireless SSID hidden, with a WPA2 encryption. Good luck!
hidden SSIDs aren't fool proof.
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post #22 of 84
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Originally Posted by wtomlinson View Post
hidden SSIDs aren't fool proof.
I dont know that it is about being fool proof, its about making yourself the harder target
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post #23 of 84
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Originally Posted by wtomlinson View Post
hidden SSIDs aren't fool proof.
Really? Gee, I thought I was completely safe!

I'm pretty sure if someone is going to go for a wifi connection they'll check for opened ones first, if not they'll go for WEP connections, then WPA2, if all else fails they'll scan for hidden.

Making yourself the least noticeable helps a lot. Besides, I live in a backass hick town, people around here rather jack their rides up than someone's internet.
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post #24 of 84
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Originally Posted by Smoka Cola View Post
Making yourself the least noticeable helps a lot. Besides, I live in a backass hick town, people around here rather jack their rides up than someone's internet.
Same boat, no one around here even lives close enough to get a hold of my dual band N class awesomeness. But I think I might go give it one of those fancy names and a stupid password just to see if anything happens I do have it set to log and store connections and traffic, so I can monitor that.
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I leave my unprotected so that I can't be blamed for any illegal activity.
    
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post #26 of 84
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Originally Posted by lordikon View Post
You mean America?

In isn't in the bill of rights that you are allowed to leave your wifi unlocked.
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post #27 of 84
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Listen guys, I don't ever speak publicly about this, but this is something everyone should take seriously. Not only because it may happen to a random stranger, but because it has happened to ME

I had the same naive sentiments- I was a first year law student, and did research and supported the free flow of electronic information. To that extent, I had my Wi-Fi open and even allowed file-sharing networks/torrents on my computer, which was a supernode (or active server). Things were great and I felt good about being part of the 'open information society'.

Smash cut to: FBI agents and my local police (about a dozen of them) serving a search warrant on my house at 7am, before I had a law school exam at 1pm.

For three hours, I had half a dozen police cars and a dozen LEOs taking almost every piece of electronic equipment in my house - including my DVD collection, blank media discs, routers....even down to my mouse, my keyboard, my monitor.

Long story short, the whole event cost thousands of dollars in legal fees, but I was never arrested or charged with any crime. Through their investigation, the FBI did discover that someone else had piggybacked my internet and used it to download and upload child pornography.

The event nearly cost me my marriage, and I can't tell you what kind of physical and mental cost you pay. Nearly every day for three years, I waited for a phone call saying I was going to jail. Every police helicopter overhead was a sign that I was going to be in handcuffs. Every police car on the road had my name and license plate on an 'arrest on sight' notice.

Be warned: This threat is real. I got off light compared to some others. But let my lesson teach you as well.

Lock.It.Down.
I don't think you understand.


The only living things close enough to steal my wifi are incapable of doing so. The nearest humans are a quarter mile away, whereas my pathetic router can barely get an adequate signal to the other end of my house. So unless a poplar tree was responsible for your wifi boosting, I really don't care, and as I said, I'm not locking my wifi down until there's an actual threat. No naivety involved, just simply no threats to secure against. I'd have it on WPA-2 if I needed to.


Show me a study where a cow downloaded some CP on someone's open wifi and I'll change my mind. Till then it stays open.
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post #28 of 84
I bet the guy just said yeah I leave my wifi open as a cop out to the fact that it was him browsing the prons.
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post #29 of 84
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I leave my unprotected so that I can't be blamed for any illegal activity.
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Originally Posted by MAD_J View Post
I bet the guy just said yeah I leave my wifi open as a cop out to the fact that it was him browsing the prons.
Once the FBI has all the electronics at the location secured they can figure out which one was actually being used to conduct the illegal activities.
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I'm tired today.

Fixed though, thanks.
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