On Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 10:30 AM, Yersinia <yersi...@myfairpoint.net> wrote: > ... having "open" wi-fi didn't bother me at all (until recently), my wi-fi is > still > unlocked because I don't know frickin HOW to lock it up.
Ignorance can truly be bliss, no doubt. As for HOW to lock it up, I'm sure you would get guidance about that her if you just ask. But I suggest you start a new thread if decided to do that ... and I DO suggest you secure your network. It would help to know the make and model number of your router if you do ask for help. Basically, doing it by hand requires two steps, less or more. (1) Enter and activate a password on your router and (2) go around to your devices which use Wi-Fi and reaccess your now protected network by entering the password on the router. As for Wi-Fi passwords, I tend to go overboard and use a 63 byte psuedo-random one generated by this site: https://www.grc.com/passwords.htm My way of saying to world, "Hack THAT, sucker!" Most people probably just use the name of one of their pets or children. <sigh> The important thing is to use WPA2 or at least WPA and not use WEP. Using WEP is a lot like locking the screen door to prevent access to your house. It's more of suggestion to "keep out" than a true security measure at this point. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wi-Fi_Protected_Access As for the child porn story, I first saw a version of it as an NBC news piece. It is still viewable for the cost of an annoying commercial on the MSNBC web site: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/41985312#41985312 I would think that some of the folks on this list would find this version of the tale interesting if for no other reason than it exploits the infamous Pringle's can Wi-Fi antenna. It wasn't any of this idiot's immediate neighbors. He lived in a hi-rise near/on the water front and the guy stealing his network was on a boat a football field or two away. But it was a completely clear line-of-site to the victim's apartment. The only thing worse than not securing your network is the poor folks who THINK they've secured it but are using WEP. To my understanding WEP is getting to be so laughably easy to hack that I would expect it to be the next easiest way to steal Wi-Fi. I predict that a few percent of the general public (at most) will FINALLY take notice of this and try to secure their Wi-Fi after this story is woven in as a sub-plot on one of the TV police procedurals. Probably one of the CSI series, but I could see it on NCIS or Bones or whatever too. -irrational john -- You received this message because you are a member of G-Group, a group for those using G3, G4, and G5 desktop Macs - with a particular focus on Power Macs. The list FAQ is at http://lowendmac.com/lists/g-list.shtml and our netiquette guide is at http://www.lowendmac.com/lists/netiquette.shtml To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/g3-5-list