The very first time I ran iStumbler or whatever it was called I discovered a long list of every wifi router in my building, some of which were wide open. Those were great when I would sometimes forget to pay the cable bill. Ever since then I would always use whatever stealth operations that were available to me. Till this day every network I set up for friends I will always put it into stealth if their software permits it. Then I read one of those "I'm an online nerd and I'm here to tell you how to nerd better" articles. The author promised to offer 10 reasons why he knows better than anyone else out there how to protect the home network. First thing the guy puts? "Don't stealth your network. Seriously. There's no reason to do that." And he goes on a meandering tangent about how thats not going to fool a determined attacker. Of course, this is the same guy who sees nothing wrong with offering his entire life up to Google/FB, is proud of it and ridicules those who think their lives are so important that a little (or a lot of) spying on them is detrimental to their life. But back to the topic. To me, the first thing that occurs to me when I think of securing ANYTHING is "hide the stuff". Even though a safe will keep a bad guy busy for quite a while, its better to hide them rather than leave them out as if to say "here's your target bro". So I ignored the guy's "advice" because his reason made no sense. Then I kept searching for home network security articles, and I saw that same reference in a wide variety of columns. More than a few security/tech/geek/wizard articles were saying the same thing. And none of it made sense to me. It reminded me of how people in many forums criticized Apple's "Bounce email to sender" feature and said Apple was right in ending it, because a true techie would look at the header info in a bounced email and realize that the recipient was the one who did the bounce, not a mail server reporting a dead account. I felt that was stupid, because a spam company isn't going to take the time to examine header info to make sure an account is dead, they're going to blacklist it and move on, and when they go to sell the whitelist the bounce won't be on it. Problem solved. Again, I digress. So, perhaps some of the tech geniuses here can explain why stealthing isn't a good idea. I'd like to hear a good reason.