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Re: wifi security

  • Subject: Re: wifi security
  • From: johnbartley@email.com (John Bartley K7AAY telcom admin, Portland OR)
  • Date: Tue, 02 Aug 2005 18:42:43 GMT
  • Newsgroups: comp.sys.palmtops.pilot
  • Organization: Handheld's Cellular Data FAQ at <http://celdata.cjb.net>
  • References: <dcnv4h$boj$1@usenet01.srv.cis.pitt.edu> <dco1ji$g47$2@godfrey.mcc.ac.uk>
  • Xref: news.mcc.ac.uk comp.sys.palmtops.pilot:304237
On Tue, 02 Aug 2005 15:56:02 +0100, Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@schestowitz.com>

>n wrote:
>> i have a tungsten t3 and a palm wifi card.  i am new to wifi.
>> how can i secure my wifi transmissions, so that individuals can not
>> intercept my wifi transmissions.  so far i have only used the wifi card at
>> free wifi locations.
>> thanks in advance--
>Your WiFi exchange of traffic should be fairly secure because there is an
>exchange of keys if I recall correctly. There are two points of insecurity:
>1. The WiFi supplier can monitors your traffic
>2. WiFi can be hijacked by unauthorised users if its use is not properly
>protected using some secret string and/or username/password authentication.
>Don't let these flaw deceive you. Your traffic is rather safe despite being
>wireless. In fact, being wireless, security is at a premium.
>Roy S. Schestowitz

Roy, you're full of it.

It's been well documented, on /. and elsewhere, that the feeble encryption
available (WEP 128-bit, which ins't even 128-bit), can be easily and quickly
cracked using freeware software tools. In once recent demo, it only took 3
minutes for an FBI team to do so at a hackers' conference.

Palm does not have WPA encrption, which *would* protect the user.

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