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MAC filtering is NOT secure. With the right software, MAC addresses can be found and spoofed quite easily.

WPA2 with a complex (non dictionary) password is about the best security a home user can do.
Hidden SSID and MAC filtering do little (more like nothing) for for protecting a network.
Limiting the number of devices that can connect wirelessly can help also.
I also have my wireless network turn off from midnight till 6:00 AM (thanks to DD-WRT)
Edited by blupupher - 4/27/11 at 5:57pm
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Originally Posted by james8 View Post
ok someone correct me if i'm wrong but,

you don't really need WPA2 (latest, most secure encryption) to protect your network. all you need is a MAC filter. u put all the computers u authorized on the allowed list, and the router blocked out all of the other addresses except for the ones u allowed. if a computer that's not on the allowed list log on, the router will automatically block it and kick it out.

that said, i use both WPA2 and MAC filtering pretty secure.
Every client on the network broadcasts its MAC address. MAC address spoofing is trivial.

Luckily you use WPA2, but the MAC does nothing.
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Already locked

But I'm in Canada, I might want to strengthen my password on it though.
    
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Originally Posted by SIMPSONATOR View Post
Those with minimal Bachelor's Degrees? I hope you aren't being serious, Testes.
....It's the government. They likely got those degrees in the mail. Besides they're above doing anything themselves, they'll delegate it to the interns.


Seriously you over-estimate the smartness of government IT workers. They aren't the brightest lot to ever pick up a mouse.
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Originally Posted by bavarianblessed View Post
^
This. My SSID is Jones BBQ and Foot Massage
Should be "Jones good-ass BBQ and Foot Massage".


If I have to secure mine it's going to be "Jones Big-ass truck rental and storage!"

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Originally Posted by fluxlite View Post
Seemingly clever people in this thread are arguing they need not secure their network based on their opinion of "it'll never happen to me".
Why take steps to secure something that doesn't need to be secured? Some of you seem to fail to be able to grasp how someone might live so far out in the boonies that stealing wifi is hard enough to not be worth it.
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Originally Posted by Epitope View Post
I still used wired for exactly this reason. Although when I get a smart phone soon I think I will be forced to go wireless...

This is exactly why you name you wireless network "Police Surveillance Van #3" or something similar. I got that idea from another thread here on OCN about this topic.
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post #76 of 84
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Originally Posted by TestECull View Post
....

Why take steps to secure something that doesn't need to be secured? Some of you seem to fail to be able to grasp how someone might live so far out in the boonies that stealing wifi is hard enough to not be worth it.
True, but it is so simple to secure it, and hurts nothing.

Same as leaving your doors unlocked because nobody is around.
My uncle lives 2 miles from his closest neighbor, 1/2 a mile back from the (gravel) road, but he locks his doors since somebody got into his house once.
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I still used wired for exactly this reason. Although when I get a smart phone soon I think I will be forced to go wireless...

This is exactly why you name you wireless network "Police Surveillance Van #3" or something similar. I got that idea from another thread here on OCN about this topic.
Naming your network like that is dumb. You're just begging to be screwed with.

The best advice is to do a quick scan within your home or apartment and see what comes up, then name yours something similar so it doesn't stand out. For example all the wireless networks I see are all named something like K3DL4 or something short and random like that (I know they're all FIOS users). So why would I name mine something like "Virus Network" or something equally ominous? It's silly.
 
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Originally Posted by OmegaNemesis28 View Post
This is funny because I was watching an episode of CSI the other day, the guy broke onto his WiFi access and sent emails out in an attempt to frame the homeowner. Obviously, it was not just the emails that got the homeowner framed, but it certainly helped the case when they traced the IP address.
I said,"Wow, for once CSI is actually somewhat believable." Other then ENHANCE ENHANCE ENHANCE, they used an actually plausible situation. Someone using your internet access unknowingly and then the law thinks it's you.
Far from it!

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....It's the government. They likely got those degrees in the mail. Besides they're above doing anything themselves, they'll delegate it to the interns.


Seriously you over-estimate the smartness of government IT workers. They aren't the brightest lot to ever pick up a mouse.
Hold up. Where did you go to college?
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So you contradict yourself (multiple times, like your "happy to share, but initially you say "my network won't be open").
I didn't contradict myself. You misinterpreted my statement, or the statement that prompted it.

Quote:
Originally Posted by blupupher View Post
You also say your aware of the risks and are willing to accept them, but you plan on suing the govt if they arrest you because you allow someone to use your network, and they do something illegal on it (which the police have no way of knowing who is doing what at first, just that it is coming from yor ip). That is not a false arrest, and it will not be a "prompt" clearing of your name.
An IP address is not probable cause, and if I am arrested because something came from or went to my IP address, that is false arrest.

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If I was on the jury for your criminal trial, I would find you innocent (so long as you did nothing wrong), but on your tort case, I would find for the govt.
The odds of it making it to a jury trial after they go through all of my stuff and find nothing even remotely related to the warrant are nil.

If I was treated the way the individual in the original article was, I would have plenty of grounds for litigation against whatever law enforcement agency was responsible, and would almost certainly win a settlement.

No warrant should ever have been issued for the individual in the article. It was obvious incompetence on the part of law enforcement. Indeed, if the circumstances in the article are factual, the homeowner could have gotten away with injuring or killing the officers trying to arrest him. It was a no knock warrant, so the officers did not promptly identify themselves, and they initiated violence.

This is as clear cut a case of reckless, overeager, judges and officers victimizing an individual as you're likely to find.
Edited by Blameless - 4/27/11 at 8:02pm
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