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Why is Apple forcing me to compromise the security of my home network?


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#1 pogamahone1

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 02:48 PM

I have a new iPod touch 8GB 2G that I connect to my home 802.11g network. As has been preached by network security folks for years, by default I have the SSID (Service Set IDentifier), aka Network Name, disabled so that unscrupulous neighbors and ne'er-do-wells can't do a drive-by and see my home network being broadcast for them to try and hack. And, yes I have changed the default name, added security WPA2 and done everything else to stay secure. Unless I broadcast the SSID, the iPod touch will not see my network. The problem is that everytime the iPod touch goes to sleep, it drops the wireless connection and I have to retype everything in order to restore the connection. I don't understand why Apple can't do what every other laptop is capable of doing, which is retain the network settings so that even when the SSID is not broadcast, it remembers the network ID and automatically restores the connection. I called the "Genius Bar" to ask what am I missing and the gal there said nothing - the iPod touch software doesn't do that (first off I was a little suspect when she didn't know what SSID meant). So, am I missing something or is Apple a little light in the security department?

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 02:35 PM

Well there is really no reason to hide you SSID any way as long as you have a strong encryption standard (which you have) you should be fine. :thumbsup: Just unhide it and connect as you would normally. :flowers:

Edited by computerxpds, 11 May 2010 - 02:39 PM.

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