Wireless Security questions

Status
This thread has been Locked and is not open to further replies. Please start a New Thread if you're having a similar issue. View our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

onlineguy

Thread Starter
Joined
Apr 3, 2010
Messages
10
Hi, I have a few questions about wireless security. My Wi-fi router was always set to WEP and I was informed that I should use WPA2-AES as apparently there is software available to easily crack WEP.

Now if someone had decided to crack into my network, would they have been able to see my internet traffic just as easily? I had network discovery off - would it have made a difference? I am very concerned about someone logging my online activity as I bank and shop online, not to mention other privacy issues. Wouldn't someone cracking a home network more likely want the bandwith than the information? (trying to put my mind at ease...)
 
Joined
Oct 3, 2007
Messages
7,889
Use WPA2-AES and don't worry anymore. Your wireless adapter in your PC must support this type of encryption though.

Yes if someone does get in, they can do anything their skill set allows them to do.

Chances of anyone using software to crack your wireless encryption (of any kind) is very very low.

.
 
Joined
Sep 21, 2007
Messages
13,917
If someone cracked your WEP key, then they can see your network traffic across the air. It is fairly easy to crack WEP, 10 mins is all it takes, or so I've read. However, when you are doing online banking or shopping, it is most likely that you are using SSL encryption,( the browser displays a lock symbol. ), so it is not easy to eavesdrop on the traffic. However, when that SSL is not being used, like when you use Hotmail, then they can view the traffic.

Different routers use slightly different terminology, so I guess 'network discovery' means broadcasting your router name. Not broadcasting the name only hides the presence of your router from beginner hackers. Someone with the proper software can still see the traffic flowing thru the air when you are using the network.

Hackers would hack your network for many reasons. Nowadays, they'd likely go for your computers, install keyloggers and try to get your banking IDs and passwords. They can sell those on the blackmarket, but they can't sell bandwidth :)
 
Status
This thread has been Locked and is not open to further replies. Please start a New Thread if you're having a similar issue. View our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)

As Seen On
As Seen On...

Welcome to Tech Support Guy!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Join over 807,865 other people just like you!

Latest posts

Staff online

Members online

Top