Wi-Fi Protection and Software Updates

Discussion in 'macOS' started by bingefeller, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. bingefeller macrumors 6502

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    Just curious as to what kind of wi-fi protection you guys use?

    I use WEP, although I've read that it's the least secure. I choose it because it sounded pretty simple to set up.

    Today I was checking for software updates and I noticed that there are two updates available for Airport Extreme. They are Airport Extreme Update 2007 - 002 and Airport Extreme Update 2007 - 003. The update for 2007 - 002 reads

    I was curious as to whether I should install this? I'm worried incase it knocks my settings off and I can't get online. Any advice would appreciated!
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    I assume you have an Intel Mac - I'd go ahead and install these. Just make sure to make a note of your settings somewhere before installing just in case you need to re-enter something.
     
  3. bingefeller thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yup - I have an Intel Mac.

    You think I should continue to use WEP? I mean, it's secure enough, right?
     
  4. Thinine macrumors newbie

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    Probably. But I don't think WPA2 is any harder to setup and it's much more secure.
     
  5. kgarner macrumors 68000

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    I don't know what router you have, but I recently set up a DLink router with WPA2 protection and it was very easy to do. Both my Mac Mini (using DLink USB dongle) and my Wii are connected to it and I haven't had any problems.
     
  6. TilJ macrumors member

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    WEP, especially 40-bit WEP (commonly called 64-bit even though it's not), is not secure. It's like like locking your door with a sign saying "please don't steal my stuff". It keeps polite people out and that's about it.

    As the Wikipedia puts it, "Despite its weaknesses, WEP provides a level of security that may deter casual snooping" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wired_Equivalent_Privacy)
     
  7. skierdude macrumors member

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  8. Celeron macrumors 6502a

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    If you have the capability to use WPA2, I would recommend using it. It is significantly better than WEP.
     
  9. psychofreak Retired

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    I personally eat acrylic paint, therefore its safe enough...
     
  10. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    WEP attacks have become fairly advanced. Some boast of cracking keys in under a minute or so.

    It's not very secure.
     

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