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Old 03-21-2009, 03:32 AM
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I was a lunch with a buddy on mine theother day and he went to purchase a new wireless router and the folks with the "geek squad" were trying to sell him their service of setting it up to "protect him".

I told him they were BSing him, I always have understood the only thing someone can access through your router is your IP service if you do not have it secure. They were making him believe they could access all his bank accoutants, work records and so forth.

What is the real story on this and I know anything is possible but being realistic what are the security issues
Old 03-21-2009, 05:33 AM
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As long as his fire-wall is up and runing he shouldn't be getting more risk due to the wire-less. He should make his "network" password protected to make it a little harder also. I occasionally check the "devices" list to make sure there aren't any intruders using my system.

Some folks on here allow there nets to be open to the public but most of us don't have rouers with that much excess cpacity.

That's all I think I know about that. Good luck!
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You should set WPA encryption, otherwise any shared files he has are open to the world.
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The Geeks are correct -- wi-fi is a portal, to the web if connected to the internet, but at a minimum a portal into your friend's home computer and infrastructure there.

What anyone has access to depends on what you friend uses his computer for.

As already mentioned, there are oodles of security to keep the bad guys out, and you are correct, set it up yourself. It's a no brainer -- tell the Geek Squad to 'geek off!'
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If your running Wifi [ Wireless ] at home , LOCK IT DOWN ...............

I'll bring my Net book and sit in front of your house and put a whoopen on your LIFE.

And remember , If you look at it on your PC , IT NEVER GOES AWAY [ Evil laugh here ]
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For a home wi-fi the only thing you need to do is (in the router set up settings);

1). change the username and password from default and;

2). Turn off you SSID broadcast and;

3). Filter wireless users by MAC address.

No need to encrypt as that will slow it down.


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