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    How secure is my Sky router

    This is a discussion on How secure is my Sky router within the Sky Router forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; How much more sercure doe's setting up the wireless access list make things?...

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      Re: How secure is my Sky router

      How much more sercure doe's setting up the wireless access list make things?


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      Re: How secure is my Sky router

      Quote Originally Posted by Koala5 View Post
      How much more sercure doe's setting up the wireless access list make things?
      Spoofing a MAC address in the access list is easier than hacking into a WEP enabled connection. Other than no security set at all, it's the next weakest method of protecting your router from unauthorised wireless access. However, in the same way as WEP, it would still prevent random opportunists with no high tech methods from gaining access to your wireless network connection.

      If you are forced to use WEP due to hardware restrictions then it is still probably a good idea to set MAC address filtering if you can because it will add another security barrier even if it's not that difficult for someone with the required technical know-how to break through.

      I must stress again that the information I'm giving is not to scare people but just to educate them. We all know how clever and inquisitive some of the youngsters of today are and I'm sure we all have some nearby in neighbouring houses with their funky new state-of-the-art wireless laptops...

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      Re: How secure is my Sky router

      I tease my neighbours - i put the SSID as something like "50 Mb Cable free for all" and then leave security off - leave it with a new password - and leave the ADSL cable out the back

      So they get a signal but no throughput LOL theres about 4 hooked onto it now

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      Re: How secure is my Sky router

      i know i'm mean

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      Re: How secure is my Sky router

      How hard is it to locate a wireless network that is not broadcasting it's SSID?
      Is it worth turning that off as well?

      PS: For those who find it difficult generating random passwords there are plenty of sites out there who will do it for you e.g. https://www.grc.com/passwords.htm
      PPS: I found the above link on Google, I have no idea how secure it is (don't sue me if you get hacked after using a password generated on it


      And finaly: Does all this security slow down the connection?
      Last edited by Jimbo1960; 23-04-07 at 02:11 PM. Reason: added a question

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      Re: How secure is my Sky router

      Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo1960 View Post
      How hard is it to locate a wireless network that is not broadcasting it's SSID?
      Is it worth turning that off as well?
      The tools used to crack WEP can detect any router even if the SSID is switched off so if you're looking to stop a potential hacker with the correct tools from detecting your wireless router then unfortunately you won't as the router will still be broadcasting a signal (abeit not an actual "string" description of the router).

      And finaly: Does all this security slow down the connection?
      Any encryption/decryption processing is going to incur *some* overhead even if it's just nonoseconds, however if you have the choice of using WPA "AES" encrption with your router then choose to use that over WPA "TKIP" encrpyption. IIRC the Sky router doesn't give you a choice so I don't know which one it uses internally. AES encryption uses hardware to do the encrption/decryption which has a virtually zero overhead whereas TKIP encryption uses software within the router to do the encryption/decryption which does incur more of an additional overhead. However it's not something that will really be that noticeable unless you are transferring a serious amount of data in one go over your wireless connection.

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      Re: How secure is my Sky router

      Probably best to leave your SSID on in any area where there are likely to be other wireless networks.

      If not, someone starting a new network may unintentionally park on the same channel as you, causing interference.

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      Re: How secure is my Sky router

      Hi Gary, Your comments didn't scare me at all, on the contrary it made me think about these things for which I thank you.
      My wife's new Lappy can except WPA so I am just about to change the default network key that came with the Sky router.

      Regards......Ted

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      Re: How secure is my Sky router

      Quote Originally Posted by fihart View Post
      WEP is better than no encryption
      I would disagree, WEP gives an illusion of security when what it offers is next to useless. Along with all the other placebos like not advertising the SSID and mac-address based ACLs.

     

     
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