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I think one of my neghbors is on my wireless network


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A while ago a few colleagues drove to work with a WiFi sniffer running and GPS on their laptops. It logged all the "open" networks on their commute to work. I was amazed to see how many there were.

Mind you they could have been running MAC addr. filtering, but now using WEP or WPA
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Some broadband ISP's are temporarily suspending a customer's service if they are found to have an unsecure wireless network until they can effectively secure it. It solves a bevy of network security issues including proactively educating consumers on the importance of security. Schweb is right though. If someone really wants on they'll find a way. The average user probably isn't aware of those techniques and will either find a legitamate connection or glom on to someone else until all options are depleted.
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Some broadband ISP's are temporarily suspending a customer's service if they are found to have an unsecure wireless network until they can effectively secure it. It solves a bevy of network security issues including proactively educating consumers on the importance of security. Schweb is right though. If someone really wants on they'll find a way. The average user probably isn't aware of those techniques and will either find a legitamate connection or glom on to someone else until all options are depleted.
So is WPA even that effective?
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It's the most effective wireless security out now. The amount of packets you would need to pick up to be able to crack WEP is a huge amount and would take a very long time to do so. WPA makes that effort even more labor and time intensive. It can be done but the question is is it worth it. Is it just free access or data that they desire? Most people probably jump onto unsecure networks more for the free access or a faster connection than for data retreival or more malicious reasons. By activating WEP or WPA you are protecting yourself to the best of your ability from everyone but the most determined. Like my father always said "locks are for honest people."
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