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Old 06-16-2011, 03:23 PM
 
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I also have my router set so it does not broadcast. You need to know the router name/address along with a password.
Nope, offers very little (literally none) protection. I has to be secured with a strong password and WPA or WPA2 encryption.
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Old 06-16-2011, 03:33 PM
 
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By the way, this is not to scare you, just some information I leave my router on 24/7, and I don't fear that my info might be sniffed. How many times a week do you hand over your credit card to a waiter/waitress? Who's to say they won't jot down that number while they're back there charging you for your dinner
They do. My wife is bad to use her CC or DC in local eateries for lunch, and 3 times in 2 years her card has been compromised. Fortunately the CU monitors and caught it every-time and notified us, closed the card and issued a new one. A minor inconveniece for us.

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This guy that didn't secure his WiFi and was hauled off to jail. NY case underscores Wi-Fi privacy dangers - Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110424/ap_on_hi_te/us_wi_fi_warning - broken link)
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Old 06-16-2011, 09:44 PM
 
Location: The Brightest City On Earth
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Sometimes people use their neighbor's wifi signals without their knowledge. But I thought when you set up a wifi in your home, there is a name and password.

Does this mean that sometimes people's wifi doesn't have a name and password, which is why the neighbors can access it?
I leave mine open. I don't mind if the neighbors use it if they want and because my wireless router actually is my real name sometimes they thank me for leaving it open. I have noticed though that I am getting to be a smaller minority.
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Old 06-16-2011, 09:47 PM
 
Location: The Brightest City On Earth
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To prevent someone stealing your signal ALWAYS have your signal password protected.

No password protection and you're giving a free ride to some scum who won't pay their own way.
Yes but when you go somewhere don't you like to find an open connection? Besides I do not wish to make the phone or cable company any richer than they are already.
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Old 06-16-2011, 09:49 PM
 
Location: The Brightest City On Earth
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Very difficult to capture a CC by 'sniffing' traffic, as the browser will be using SSL or TSL encryption to transmit those. But the could easily dig through the files on your computer and find that information.
Only if your firewall is off or you put a hole in it (by using p2p shareware). Mine is open and nobody gets into my computer.
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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Only if your firewall is off or you put a hole in it (by using p2p shareware). Mine is open and nobody gets into my computer.
They may not get into your computer, but all of your non encrypted traffic is exposed. It's no different than sitting in the local coffee shop.
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:53 AM
 
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Once in a while our connection drops. We have a neighbor that is not protected and I will piggyback on their signal. If I knew winch one it was I would thank them...
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Old 06-17-2011, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Once in a while our connection drops. We have a neighbor that is not protected and I will piggyback on their signal. If I knew winch one it was I would thank them...

So you and your neighbor have different ISP (like he has DSL, you have cable or something like that)?
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Old 06-17-2011, 09:43 AM
 
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I have no idea what they have because I don't know which neighbor it is...
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Old 06-17-2011, 09:48 AM
 
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Only if your firewall is off or you put a hole in it (by using p2p shareware). Mine is open and nobody gets into my computer.
Nope!

Software firewalls by default allow traffic from "your LAN", which any wireless connections are. The router (NAT firewall) isn't even in the picture because anyone that connects to your wireless is already inside your network in your house.

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Every drive on your computer has a default administrative share (C$, D$, etc.) which shared by default.

Perhaps no one "has" gotten into your computer, but it doesn't mean they can't get in.
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