Wireless security

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Hikkadwa, Apr 20, 2006.

  1. Hikkadwa macrumors member

    Hikkadwa

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    #1
    I use a belkin wireless set up for braodband. I have difficulties setting a secure line/password. I am aware therefore that a neighbour may be able to use my connection etc but is it possible or how easy is it for neighbour or anyone to see what I'm browsing or files on my computer????
     
  2. mklos macrumors 68000

    mklos

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    #2
    As long as you don't have file sharing turned on (or Windows file sharing), then they cannot get access to your Mac. If you have sharing turned on, then they'll need to figure out your username and password in order to gain access to anything.

    Also if you don't have printer sharing enabled then they won't have access to your printers either.

    They will be able to tap on to your connection if you don't have any kind of security enabled. The best security is MAC Address filtering if its available for your router. This will ONLY enable users to access your network if you've put their MAC address in. Every network device has a MAC address (FYI: Networking term MAC has nothing to do with Macintosh, or Apple itself), its usually 2 numbers/letters separated by a colon. This is arguably, the best way to secure your network. If someone wants to sit out in front of your house and try and spoof a MAC address to gain access to your network tell them good luck!
     
  3. janey macrumors 603

    janey

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    #3
    just as a heads up, usually WPA + mac address filtering is usually good enough.

    If anyone ever does manage to crack or find a way around that and I find them using my connection, I'll kindly let them know that the connection goes both ways ;) ;)

    But in all reality, even a simple password is enough to keep out 90% of neighbors and random people.
     

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