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Re: OT: unathorized network user.

Ed Greshko wrote:

What I find quite "interesting" was that this thread started out by the OP in an apartment complex wanting to keep one person off his network. I kind of doubt that he has military secrets or corporate information on his system such that anyone would make elaborate attempts to access his network.

He has got one person that seems rather clueless since he leaves his system wide open to be trashed...so he isn't a rocket scientist.

And everyone is running around spending hours and hours to educate the OP on how to build their version of a maximum security prison when all he needs is a simple pad lock on his door.

I've seen enough paranoia here to last a life time.

Well, threads tend to evolve. The OP was given an answer to his problem, but was also told about the limits of that answer. From there the thread evolved into a more general discussion of wireless security.

When you are talking about wireless security, it is not just the information on your local network that valuable. The network connection itself is also valuable. This is especially true if the attacker wants to do things that they do not want traced back to them. If they use your connection to send out SPAM, you stand a good chance of having to prove to your ISP that you did not do it. If they use it to break into another system, you may end up explaining it to the police, or having to defent yourself in court. If it is someone that lives close enough to use your connection for long periods, they may use it for file sharing. This is especially true if you have not changed your routers password, or have UPnP enabled on the router.

How much security is right for you depends on your needs. But knowing the different options, and how well they protect you is worth knowing. A person that lives in the country, and has a router that only covers their property probably does not need as much security as someone that lives in an apartment building. In the first case, anyone that can tap into your network is going to be conspicuous. In an apartment building, it is a different story. There are a lot of levels of risk between these cases, but this gives you an idea.


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