View Full Version : Wi-Fi Security

03-31-2003, 11:43 AM
Now that I have airport, wireless security has been on my mind. Here's an interesting article today at http://www.news.com. The story is about an update to WinXP, but it has some interesting Wi-Fi security developments...

Microsoft on Monday released a Windows XP update designed to enhance security for computers that connect to wireless networks.

The software update would change how the operating system connects to 802.11, or Wi-Fi, networks or base stations. Under the older method, one encrypted key is used by everyone connecting to the wireless network. The update would provide a means of associating a separate key for each computer connecting to the network, a change that in theory should increase security.

Businesses are increasingly concerned about wireless security, particularly since a breach through a single base station could expose an otherwise fortified network to infiltration by hacking or snooping.

The update adds support for Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), which is intended to replace the current standard, Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP). WPA has been approved by the Wi-Fi Alliance, which is the group responsible for establishing standards governing wireless networking.

"The weakness of WEP as part of the 802.11 standards has been clearly demonstrated," said Jupiter Research analyst Michael Gartenberg. "Since security remains one of the biggest inhibitors of Wi-Fi deployments, Microsoft felt the need to step in and offer an integrated OS alternative."

Still, Gartenberg remained cautious about the WPA update. "Given Microsoft's track record on security, this initiative is going to require very careful scrutiny before most users will feel comfortable with deployment," he said.

03-31-2003, 12:33 PM
again Apple prevails as the more secure OS.. now if they could work on the range of Airport 802.11g

03-31-2003, 02:31 PM
yeah. I think if they dont update it this summer, im going to get the old airport. (gettin an iBook, if they put airport extreem into it can it work on old airport stations?)

03-31-2003, 02:38 PM
ya airport extreme is backwards compatible to the 802.11b airport bases. i think the range is depepndent solely on the base not the card in your iBook

03-31-2003, 02:59 PM
For me, security is the main issue in, why I have not gone wireless as of yet.

03-31-2003, 03:52 PM
Schweb, can you source that info in the first post, please....

03-31-2003, 07:22 PM
Originally posted by Emrys@Mar 31 2003, 02:52 PM
Schweb, can you source that info in the first post, please....
I did orignally, but I'm not sure why it didn't create a link...it's there now though :-)

03-31-2003, 10:03 PM

03-31-2003, 10:14 PM
Well I've enabled WEP and made my network private so you have to know the network name to access it. Hopefully that will help. Oh and I created this really long, cryptic password too :)

04-01-2003, 07:22 AM
that's the way to do it... you used a 128bit key right?

04-01-2003, 08:22 AM
Originally posted by Emrys@Apr 1 2003, 06:22 AM
that's the way to do it... you used a 128bit key right?
Oh absolutely!

04-01-2003, 11:54 AM
Is this process documented some where? I would like to see how a wireless private secure network is set up. Before I go and buy.

05-15-2009, 04:31 PM
Sorry but I've just registered and probably missed this answer somewhere else,but basically I've had my macbook for a year and my neighbour just told me he can connect to the internet through my broadband....in laymans terms how do i prevent this? Apologies again if this has been asked before.