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Wardriving and my wireless

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by Wonder Girl, Sep 15, 2004.

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  1. Wonder Girl

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    Hi,

    I don't know whether I should be asking this question here or not and I'm not very computer savvy. I use a linksys wireless connector and recently found a unfamiliar name on my connection enabler.

    I don't know who or what "fredric" is (the person showing up in my connection). My operating system is Winxp and I use McAfee Firewall. My system is free of viruses, etc. I tried having my brother make my connection more secure but for some reason or another he couldn't do it. :confused: Is this something I should be concerned about?

    Thanks
     
  2. etaf

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    these are just wireless networks transmitting your range - if you live in a flat in the city centre as a mate of mine does he gets about 20 networks.

    so does you neighbour have a wireless network installed.

    i would make your wireless secure with wep codes - as frank my be able to pick and use your wireless access

    this is a bit of free software which picks up all wireless networks and provides info , such as channel / power etc

    Free software to check signal strength of wireless is netstumbler 0.4.0 available for download from http://www.stumbler.net/
     
  3. Wonder Girl

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    Does this mean that he could access everything on my computer?
     
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    not really depends if you have set up any sharing - it does mean he could use your internet connection and bandwidth.

    but same goes for you - you can connect to his if its not secure :) DONT DO IT - its not ethical
     
  5. Wonder Girl

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    ;) Thanks for your help.
     
  6. etaf

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    how dense is the area you live in??
    you may find people steal your bandwidth - that means they use your network connection and you will suffer by have reduced speeds.

    to set up a secure wireless network is quite easy.

    1) you can possibly set the router to not broadcast the SSID - this is the name of the network - thats how you found fredrik as he is braodcasting. On SOME wireless devices you can switch off this broadcast - so no one in your area will detect your wireless automatically.

    2) set up wep codes - this are numbers you enter into the router - and in order for a PC to connect via wireless to your router it will also need to have the exact numbers - so its like a password to connect.

    if you want some help settig this up.

    post here
    1) the windows operating system you have
    2) the make/model of the wireless router
    3) the make/model of the wireless cards in your PC's

    heres some generic info on wireless
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1277381,00.asp
    http://www.oreillynet.com/wireless/2003/03/21/home_wifi.html?page=2#guidelines
     
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