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Home wireless security level?

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Open network: Internet should be free for all!
  1751 votes / 5%
WEP encryption: Waiting to be compromised
  967 votes / 2%
WPA/WPA2 encryption: Should be secure
  18874 votes / 53%
WPA/WPA2 w/ hidden SSID: A bit more secure
  3840 votes / 10%
Ditto, but w/ MAC whitelist: A tough tighter
  3300 votes / 9%
Ditto, but DHCP disabled: Wireless fortress
  1021 votes / 2%
Wired connection or powerline Ethernet only
  1908 votes / 5%
Whatever my neighbors are using
  3301 votes / 9%
34962 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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Home wireless security level?

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  • PSK vs 802.1x (Score:4, Interesting)

    by jaak (1826046) on Friday August 02, 2013 @10:22AM (#44456709)

    I know one isn't supposed to complain about the lack of choices in the poll, but if this is asking about security there should have been an option for PSK vs. 802.1x.

  • Re:Guest network (Score:4, Interesting)

    by billstewart (78916) on Friday August 02, 2013 @10:43AM (#44456947) Journal

    Guest networks are socially important, and friendly, no matter how much the cable modem companies dislike sharing. Unfortunately the WiFi encryption standards assume that if you want privacy you also want to limit who can use the network, so if you want encryption on a guest network you need to resort to approaches like your SSID "passwordispassword".

    For a long time, most of my neighbors and I ran unencrypted networks, so if my DSL was out for a day, I could borrow a nearby "linksys". (When 802.11g came out, most of those routers got set up with passwords, so I'd have to go over to Starbucks if my DSL was down.) The only problem I ever had was when one of my neighbors got a virus and her PC used my Wifi to spam. Fortunately I have a friendly ISP, so they just called me and said "BTW, we've blocked half a million spams from your line today, can you see if it's your PC or your Wifi?" One of my friends considered it a civic benefit to run Wifi so his neighbors' teenage kids could have uncensored Internet if they wanted - was fine until the kid discovered file-sharing and flooded the airwaves.

  • by jellomizer (103300) on Friday August 02, 2013 @12:29PM (#44458465)

    Ok I setup my Router to handle only 3 mac addresses.

    You walk by my house you see a signal. however the ssid is hiden and is under WPA2 and you need to know what Mac Addresses I have allowed. It is getting more and more difficult.
    At best you can peer into the window and see say a Dell Laptop and you could get some of the numbers that Dell systems tend to use. But still you are going to wait a long time in elements trying to break into a router.

  • by antdude (79039) on Friday August 02, 2013 @02:24PM (#44459885) Homepage Journal []

    Can you please kindly restart that one too so we can post comments?

  • Wired Ethernet only (Score:4, Interesting)

    by PPH (736903) on Friday August 02, 2013 @05:59PM (#44462237)

    Powerline Ethernet is by itself insecure. Your house may very well share one utility transformer with several neighbors. Your house wiring is effectively connected to theirs.

    Oh yeah. Don't forget those outside plugs. No telling who might sneak up and plug something in there.

  • by kalalau_kane (1621021) on Monday August 05, 2013 @11:50AM (#44478391)
    Most wireless devices would have to be on my land to access my router, so I've got an Alfred E. Neumann attitude toward wireless security. If you're visiting me, go ahead. I tested with a high wattage radio connected to first a 13Dbm Omni antenna, then a 25Dbm flat panel antenna. I could establish a reliable connection at over half a mile to the router on my desk, but after that things got a bit shakey. The Omni didn't have quite the range as the panel, but the alignment on the panel had to be spot on at distances of a mile. Considering my closest neighbor is over a mile away, I'm rather satisfied with distance as my best security option. Failing that, my Remmington 40x is accurate to minute of laptop at 1000 yards.

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