Packet Sniffing Protection

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by scotty588, May 8, 2007.

  1. scotty588 macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2007
    Carlsbad, CA
    I noticed in one my classes I walked by someone with a Dell laptop and I saw he is running ethereal packet sniffer on the wireless network. Is there something I do to protect myself? I do have a shell I could use to ssh tunnel which is what I do to get on aim,msn etc since it is blocked. So I would just plug that into the socks 5 proxy in the network settings and all traffic would be encrypted right? I remember hearing dns requests would not be encrypted and there is some setting in Firefox's about:config that routes DNS through your proxy as well.
  2. zero2dash macrumors 6502a


    Jul 6, 2006
    Fenton, MO
    AFAIK - no
    The only way to keep from having trouble from sniffers is to disable the radio signal which then completely shuts down the wireless network as a whole.

    All he's doing is detecting the wireless signal/radio frequency which can be harmless depending on how locked down the wireless network is.

    If it's locked down good...sniffing does nothing. If it's wide open...then sniffing is trouble.

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