Wireless Security

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Jitaka, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. Jitaka macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2008
    Hi All:

    Should a macbook user be concerned about wi-fi security?

    I ask because I'm so accustomed to running a thousand or so security programs on my PC based laptop (zonealarm, peer guardian, avast anti virus, and the list goes on). What programs (applications) do you guys and gals use (if any) to give you a sound piece of mind while surfing the wireless internets?
  2. marbles macrumors 68000


    Apr 30, 2008
    EU mostly

    Yes .
    lock down your WiFi with encryption , what ever is the highest that your router supports, also turn on the built in firewall ( you will see this in the sharing part of system preferences ) you could do more but this depends on your situation I suppose .
  3. CTJoyce macrumors member

    Sep 27, 2008
    Um, an encrypted wireless connection (128bit WEP/WPA2). If you mean for a public place, most of what your talking about keeps you safe when sharing files, or downloading and running stuff on the PC.

    If you are worried about being hacked, anyone who knows what their doing with UNIX or BSD and being on a LAN with you is going to get in and there is really no stopping it. In fact its the same way with a PC. Software firewalls etc will never stop those who are more then a kid trying to show off his 1337 ski1z to impress his friends.

    So you can go out and get Norton for Mac if you like, but the truth is that most flaws that people use to get into the OS get fixed by apple pretty soon after their discovered.

  4. Jitaka thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2008
    Thanks Guys!

    I inquired about needed security because I attend a large University and I use their wi-fi a lot. Out of the 50,000 plus kids who're enrolled, I'm sure there is a small percentage of interloping individuals willing to abuse the system. Yes, I'm sure the University has some type of....security....but one can never be too careful!
  5. drossad macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2008
    Actually, it's under security in system preferences.
  6. dolphin842 macrumors 65816

    Jul 14, 2004
    Be careful, if the wireless is open access, there's a good chance there's no security on it at all... in which case you should only send out sensitive information over a secure (https) connection.
  7. marbles macrumors 68000


    Apr 30, 2008
    EU mostly
    Could you elaborate please ?


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  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    The firewall in Mac OS X Leopard is already turned on and cannot be turned off. You can configure the firewall to some extent by going to:
    System Preferences > Personal > Security > Firewall​
    You can configure what resources to share on a local network by going to:
    System Preferences > Internet & Network > Sharing​
    Of course, if you're connecting to a wi-fi network that you don't control, such as your university's, you don't have the option of choosing WEP or WPA/WPA2, since that is determined by the network administrators. You have to use whatever they set up.
  9. marbles macrumors 68000


    Apr 30, 2008
    EU mostly
    What version of OSX are we talking about here guys ?

    Mine can be off or on as I wish.
    System Preferences > Sharing > Firewall (OSX 10.4.11)
  10. Jitaka thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2008
    Mac OS X, Version 10.5.5

    Thanks goes out to all of you for your replies :)
  11. indefatigable macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2008
    Since you are with a university, check to see if they have VPN that you could use. My university does, and I use it whenever I'm on their (or any, really) open wireless network, since they are pretty much wide open.

    My university also offers office for free, so it may be worth finding the department that deals in the mass licensing of software for your campus.
  12. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020


    Aug 16, 2007
    Yes, wireless networks are extremely vulnerable to security threats.

    If I were you, I would enable ACL lists with Mac Address filtering and even go as far as using WAP for passcode protection.

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