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Old Nov 26th, 2003, 09:33 AM   #1
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There have been a few threads here on ehMac surrounding the open use of wifi. Up until recently I would have been one to open my system for public access. Having seen this article on Geek.com I will be rethinking my strategy for openning my systems.

Check this out, it's about a man from Toronto who got caught with his pants down (literally) while hacking using an open wifi point.

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Old Nov 26th, 2003, 11:44 AM   #2
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yeah... we heard about it. My thing is that the Police and other reporters have made such a hoopla of the whole affair as they painted this whole incident as internet service theft - but made it sound so much more alarming - mentioning that as the acct holder (us), we would be on the hook for whatever happened (?!?!). Anyhow, yes there shoud be more security, but this man has a problem - no matter the wifi location. What if he had paid for the access?? what then?

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Old Nov 26th, 2003, 01:18 PM   #3
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Perhaps I'm merely paranoid, or perhaps I've been a Windows user for too long, but every time I see a Mac user talk about opening up their WiFi, my reaction is:

"Are you crazy? There are people out there trying to do malicious harm to your computer, your network, yout wifi -- and you're thinking of letting strangers on your connection???"

Perhaps after you've hung out Mac users for a long time, you start to think that the Internet is a happy place, and the world is full of friendly people.
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Old Nov 26th, 2003, 02:26 PM   #4
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Sonal, so true! I remember my shock as I set out one day to get a USB driver for my Win 95 installation on VirtualPC. After years of using my Mac almost exclusively and enjoying the internet as a place to go for fun, information and useful software I found myself thrown into a world of victims and victimizers. Warnings everywhere, words I barely knew about like "trojans" and "spyware" being used to describe simple driver downloads. It was scary. I'd rather not have to deal with cr@p like that. Keeps me buying Apple.
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Old Nov 26th, 2003, 09:36 PM   #5
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I live in west Toronto, so after that story came out I spent half my Saturday bulletproofing my WiFi setup...which consists of a D-Link wireless router, ADSL modem, a g4 tower, a G4 powerbook and a Dell Inspiron laptop.

--Disabled SSID broadcasting, after setting new name
--Disabled DHCP, set all static IPs
--re-enabled WEP encryption with new key
--enabled MAC (media access control) filtering
--router logs get emailed to me daily
--changed a whole bunch of passwords

...anything else?
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KPS - I just hope that you can get back in!

What is SSID there for anyhow?? 'Hey - my network's name is xxxxxxx'
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Old Nov 26th, 2003, 10:13 PM   #7
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Ohenri, the Macs were fine...the Dell running XP was stuborn, I had to pry it open so I could get back in...

I was never overly paranoid about this, but this creep sent me scrambling...I figure, " where there's one, there's others".
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