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How to prevent Networked computers from being hacked?


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#1 ruby1

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Posted 11 October 2008 - 03:18 PM

Seems like the appropriate section to ask this so here goes



Two computers both running XP on a wireless router and each protected by Netguard ( constantly updating); each is independent of the other but the second one on the network cannot print unless the first one is turned on ;

That said; the router is downstairs and the two computers are upstairs in separate bedrooms ;
They are on Virgin Cable Broadband
The 'problem'
They have recently had very ‘undesirable’ people move in next door to them who have already been on the wrong side of the Law;

Their concern, which I fully understand, is that, unless they take appropriate protection methods these people could and would probaly try to get access to their wireless router and use and abuse their internet

Their ( and my)question for the Team is this ; what do they have to do to prevent their wireless router being what would amount to , being hacked into and their ‘neighbours’ ‘using’ their internet ?

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Posted 11 October 2008 - 05:26 PM

Hi ruby1 unless they know your router's SS ID# you should be OK. :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 10:03 AM

how 'relevent' is any of this ?

http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7813_102-0.htm...ssageID=2157290

the last thing they want is their Bandwidth 'nicked'
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Posted 12 October 2008 - 01:17 PM

:thumbsup: Me.

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 03:56 PM

So what should I flag up for them ? Given the 'undesirables 'who now live next door, the LAST thing they need is to find their bandwidth has been nicked,let alone for non-legit purposes :thumbsup:

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 09:41 AM

Hi,

Make sure the router is either WEP/WPA enabled and to the highest setting possible on the router and also enable MAC filtering.

Not broadcasting the SSID may cause issues connecting, so try it and see, if not then don't broadcast it. Also change it from the default name aswell.

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Edited by Emu1616, 14 October 2008 - 09:47 AM.

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