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Wireless Security

Posted By On November 10, 2004 @ 9:48 AM In Security Help | No Comments


Wireless Security

The ability to share an Internet connection is great and the ability to do this wirelessly is even better. Wireless networks are easy to install—you don’t have to run cables, and you can roam around a location within the AirSnare [1]

Those of you who look forward to the security articles I put out may remember last week’s article on the basics of wireless network security. This week’s article is along the same lines, not so much locking a wireless network down, but rather how to monitor it, and a really cool way to give any freeloaders a little scare.

Before I get ahead of myself, let’s do a little recap of last weeks security article. I talked primarily about locking down your wireless network using some of the integrated tools on wireless routers and WAPs (Wireless Access Points). Things like MAC filters, WinPcap [2] library—it’s a protocol analyzer and is an important component in AirSnare. The whole process (download and install) takes just a couple of seconds, basically download and double click. It doesn’t install a program just a library that AirSnare uses to capture network packets.

AirSnare may be a little different than other programs you’re used to, but it really is easy to use and if you have a wireless network I think it could be an invaluable tool for maintaining tight security. Besides, if friends or family come over you can blow them away with your knowledge of wireless security and your super-cool monitoring tools.

Download WinPcap…
http://winpcap.polito.it/ [2]

Download AirSnare…
http://home.comcast.net/~jay.deboer/airsnare/ [3]

Stay safe out there,

~ Chad

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[1] AirSnare: http://home.comcast.net/%7Ejay.deboer/airsnare/

[2] WinPcap: http://winpcap.polito.it/

[3] http://home.comcast.net/~jay.deboer/airsnare/: http://home.comcast.net/%7Ejay.deboer/AirSnare/