Think you are secure?
Many people believe that using a wireless access point that has encryption they are safe.
But this is wrong!
Read below and you will never connect to free Wi-Fi again!
WEP encryption is useless for protecting your wireless network
WEP is easily cracked within minutes and only provides users with a false sense of security. Even a mediocre hacker can defeat Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP)-based security in a matter of minutes, making it essentially useless as a protection mechanism.
Using your wireless router’s MAC filter
Using your wireless router’s MAC filter to prevent unauthorized devices from joining your network is ineffective and easily defeated. Every piece of IP-based hardware, whether it’s a computer, game system, printer, etc, has a unique hard-coded MAC address in its network interface. Many routers will allow you to permit or deny network access based on a device’s MAC address. The wireless router inspects the MAC address of the network device requesting access and compares it your list of permitted or denied MACs. This sounds like a great security mechanism but the problem is that hackers can “spoof” or forge a fake MAC address that matches an approved one.
All they need to do is use a wireless packet capture program to sniff (eavesdrop) on the wireless traffic and see which MAC addresses are traversing the network. They can then set their MAC address to match one of that is allowed and join the network.
Disabling your wireless router’s remote administration feature
Disabling your wireless router’s remote administration feature can be a very effective measure to prevent a hacker from taking over your wireless network. Many wireless routers have a setting that allows you to administer the router via a wireless connection. This means that you can access all of the routers security settings and other features without having to be on a computer that is plugged into the router using an Ethernet cable. While this is convenient for being able to administer the router remotely, it also provides another point of entry for the hacker to get to your security settings and change them to something a little more hacker friendly. Many people never change the factory default admin passwords to their wireless router which makes things even easier for the hacker. I recommend turning the “allow admin via wireless” feature off so only someone with a physical connection to the network can attempt to administer the wireless router settings.
Using public hotspots
If you use public hotspots you are an easy target for man-in-the-middle and session hijacking attacks. Hackers can use tools like Firesheep and AirJack to perform “man-in-the-middle” attacks where they insert themselves into the wireless conversation between sender and receiver. Once they have successfully inserted themselves into the line of communications, they can harvest your account passwords, read your e-mail, view your IMs, etc. They can even use tools such as SSL Strip to obtain passwords for secure websites that you visit.
Recommended solution: VPN
They only thing that guarantee you completely privacy and security is VPN (Virtual Private Network). It helps to protect all of your traffic when you are using wi-fi networks.
A secure VPN tunnel is an additional layer of security that is extremely difficult to defeat.
How it works
The process is very simple:
1. You order VPN and receive vpn data to your e-mail
2. You setup vpn connection
3. Enjoy your freedom and safety in the Internet!
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