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Wireless Password Protection

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#1 LittleGreenDots


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Posted 01 May 2010 - 07:54 AM

I'm going wireless, and picked up a router on sale, a brand called Tendra. I have broadband internet and have never dabbled in wireless before. However, before I set it up, I want to know more about how to password protect my connection. When I did a Google search for password wireless, I got all kinds of links to programs to BREAK passwords. This did not exactly give me a sense of security.

Do I have any options in password protecting my connection, other than using a strong password, that is? Are there anythings I should know about this beforehand?


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Posted 01 May 2010 - 12:00 PM

WEP = weak because every time a packet is transmitted it sends the password so it can authenticate. So if you get enough packets your password can be found.

WPA/WPA2 = Only when you first connect are you authenticated, after that you're encrypted. So someone has to catch those 4 packets AND then use a "brute force" type password cracker. Meaning they get those 4 packets and then use word lists to try as many words as they can.

If your router can do WPA/WPA2 then you are fine. Yes they can be cracked but that is if you use the minimum of password. With these you can use 8 - 63 character words but you can also use spaces, symbols and numbers, oh caps count on the letters. So instead just use a simple 4 - 5 word sentence and no one will crack that.

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