Re: Wireless security

From: John Hyde (EJhyd_at_netscape.net)
Date: 10/11/05


Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2005 09:46:41 -0700

on 10/10/2005 9:49 PM Unruh said the following:
> John Hyde <EJhyd@netscape.net> writes:
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>>>WEP128 is broken, it's not even worth thinking about anymore.
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>>>Juergen Nieveler
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>>Thanks for the reply. I'll be trying to find a firmware upgrade for the
>>laptop since it is built in. If not, I'll take the advice of finding an
>>alternate card.
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>>I did find this interesting quote about WEP.
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>>"WEP is better than nothing
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>>If you can't use WPA, perhaps because you can't afford new base stations
>>and Panther upgrades for all your laptops, at least enable WEP, feeble
>>though it may. There is an old joke about two guys hiking in the woods
>>who spot a mean looking grizzly bear heading their way. One of the
>>hikers takes off his back pack, pulls out running shoes, and starts
>>putting them on. The other says "You idiot, you can't outrun a hungry
>>bear in the woods." The first replies "I don't have to outrun the bear,
>>I only have to outrun you." Even minimal security may be effective
>>against snoops who have plenty of unprotected targets to choose from.
>>Use the higher, 128-bit security setting, if possible, and change
>>passwords frequently."
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>>From: http://world.std.com/~reinhold/airport.html
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> That depends on whether or not someone wants to target you. do you have
> competitors who you would rather not have on your network? They do not care
> that the lumber yard down the street is easier to break into, they want
> you.
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> Ie, if the bear wants you, for your red hat, being able to run faster than
> your friend is irrelevant.
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Absolutely, and if you saw my other post, my home network is very likely
to be successful just as a "sprinter", my office network needs to be
able to shoot bears. ;-)

JH