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      Encryption

      With regards to routers issued by Sky (1st Generation, 2nd Generation and 3rd Generation and so on and so on) do all these routers have their encryption turned on or off by default?

      Were worried about our next door neighbours kid...who is quite the hacker. When I installed my router was my encryption on? I'm not even sure if its on right now......I just wanted to know....have i been protected from the start?

      If so, what encryption is it? is it tough to break?

      Many thanks you guys n' gals!!!

      P.S is it hard to turn off? because my wifes nephews use the computer alot....is it easy for them to turn off ? (a matter of clicks ?) also as i didnt install the router was there an option to turn off the encryption during installtion?
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      Re: Encryption

      Quote Originally Posted by WACKKYH View Post
      With regards to routers issued by Sky (1st Generation, 2nd Generation and 3rd Generation and so on and so on) do all these routers have their encryption turned on or off by default?

      Were worried about our next door neighbours kid...who is quite the hacker. When I installed my router was my encryption on? I'm not even sure if its on right now......I just wanted to know....have i been protected from the start?

      If so, what encryption is it? is it tough to break?

      Many thanks you guys n' gals!!!

      P.S is it hard to turn off? because my wifes nephews use the computer alot....is it easy for them to turn off ? (a matter of clicks ?) also as i didnt install the router was there an option to turn off the encryption during installtion?
      Wireless encryption is on by default on Sky routers - I believe WPA always.
      It can be turned off easily at the router configuration screen which is password protected and the default password can be changed to minimise the risk of kids gaining access if needs be.
      Last edited by allen; 28-07-07 at 02:00 AM. Reason: Original didn't make sense!

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      Re: Encryption

      Quote Originally Posted by WACKKYH View Post
      I just wanted to know....have i been protected from the start?

      If so, what encryption is it? is it tough to break?
      Yes it is on from the start. The encryption can be cracked but demands special tools and a lot of effort. It is almost unheard of in the real world.

      If you decide to change the encryption key then make sure you don't use a short, simple phrase. The longer and more random the better. The Sky one you already have is quite a good one.

      If you really think you may have a problem then change your key regularly and take other steps such as running a software firewall and not using file sharing on the PC. Even better, connect your PCs by ethernet cable and turn the wireless off.

     

     

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