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SSI 01-17-2005 05:29 PM

Help with security ... newbie
 
I am helping my niece set up a wireless network at her apartment. She has a
new Sony laptop with windows XP Home, a cable modem with a Linksys WRT54G
router. Everything is working fine but I was wondering how to make the
network more secure. She would like to prevent her neighbour from logging on
using her router for example.
So far we have turned off file share in her laptop, changed the access point
name from Linksys and changed the router configuration password. Shall we
enable WEP and how? also SSID anything else?

She is up to date on AV and windows patches and promised to keep those
updated but what else could we do to make her network as safe as possible? I
know there is no silver bullet for this but would like to help. Appreciate
any help and please give us directions in plain English
Thanks




Steve P 01-18-2005 12:39 AM

Re: Help with security ... newbie
 
Enable WEP and select the option not to broadcast your ssid.

Steve

"SSI" <ssi12nospam@yahoo.com.net> wrote in message
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>I am helping my niece set up a wireless network at her apartment. She has a
> new Sony laptop with windows XP Home, a cable modem with a Linksys WRT54G
> router. Everything is working fine but I was wondering how to make the
> network more secure. She would like to prevent her neighbour from logging
> on
> using her router for example.
> So far we have turned off file share in her laptop, changed the access
> point
> name from Linksys and changed the router configuration password. Shall we
> enable WEP and how? also SSID anything else?
>
> She is up to date on AV and windows patches and promised to keep those
> updated but what else could we do to make her network as safe as possible?
> I
> know there is no silver bullet for this but would like to help. Appreciate
> any help and please give us directions in plain English
> Thanks
>
>
>




Jack 01-18-2005 04:36 AM

Re: Help with security ... newbie
 
Hi
May be this can Help.
Wireless - Basic Configuration: http://www.ezlan.net/Wireless_Config.html
Wireless - Basic Security: http://www.ezlan.net/Wireless_Security.html
Jack (MVP-Networking).


"SSI" <ssi12nospam@yahoo.com.net> wrote in message
news:e7F6QoL$EHA.3368@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> I am helping my niece set up a wireless network at her apartment. She has

a
> new Sony laptop with windows XP Home, a cable modem with a Linksys WRT54G
> router. Everything is working fine but I was wondering how to make the
> network more secure. She would like to prevent her neighbour from logging

on
> using her router for example.
> So far we have turned off file share in her laptop, changed the access

point
> name from Linksys and changed the router configuration password. Shall we
> enable WEP and how? also SSID anything else?
>
> She is up to date on AV and windows patches and promised to keep those
> updated but what else could we do to make her network as safe as possible?

I
> know there is no silver bullet for this but would like to help. Appreciate
> any help and please give us directions in plain English
> Thanks
>
>
>




SSI 01-18-2005 04:39 PM

Re: Help with security ... newbie
 
Thank you very much I think this will help a lot.


"Jack" <JackMDS@verizon.net> wrote in message
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> Hi
> May be this can Help.
> Wireless - Basic Configuration: http://www.ezlan.net/Wireless_Config.html
> Wireless - Basic Security: http://www.ezlan.net/Wireless_Security.html
> Jack (MVP-Networking).
>
>
> "SSI" <ssi12nospam@yahoo.com.net> wrote in message
> news:e7F6QoL$EHA.3368@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>> I am helping my niece set up a wireless network at her apartment. She has

> a
>> new Sony laptop with windows XP Home, a cable modem with a Linksys WRT54G
>> router. Everything is working fine but I was wondering how to make the
>> network more secure. She would like to prevent her neighbour from logging

> on
>> using her router for example.
>> So far we have turned off file share in her laptop, changed the access

> point
>> name from Linksys and changed the router configuration password. Shall we
>> enable WEP and how? also SSID anything else?
>>
>> She is up to date on AV and windows patches and promised to keep those
>> updated but what else could we do to make her network as safe as
>> possible?

> I
>> know there is no silver bullet for this but would like to help.
>> Appreciate
>> any help and please give us directions in plain English
>> Thanks
>>
>>
>>

>
>




Carey Holzman 01-18-2005 09:35 PM

Re: Help with security ... newbie
 
All explained here: http://tinyurl.com/52964

Carey

"SSI" <ssi12nospam@yahoo.com.net> wrote in message
news:e7F6QoL$EHA.3368@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>I am helping my niece set up a wireless network at her apartment. She has a
> new Sony laptop with windows XP Home, a cable modem with a Linksys WRT54G
> router. Everything is working fine but I was wondering how to make the
> network more secure. She would like to prevent her neighbour from logging
> on
> using her router for example.
> So far we have turned off file share in her laptop, changed the access
> point
> name from Linksys and changed the router configuration password. Shall we
> enable WEP and how? also SSID anything else?
>
> She is up to date on AV and windows patches and promised to keep those
> updated but what else could we do to make her network as safe as possible?
> I
> know there is no silver bullet for this but would like to help. Appreciate
> any help and please give us directions in plain English
> Thanks
>
>
>




Jeff 01-19-2005 07:03 AM

Help with security ... newbie
 
The best bet for SOHO wireless solutions would be to use
WPA with PSK. Use a passphrase/password that is at least
8 characters long.
WEP can be cracked in 20 minutes (40/128 bit keys).
>-----Original Message-----
>I am helping my niece set up a wireless network at her

apartment. She has a
>new Sony laptop with windows XP Home, a cable modem with

a Linksys WRT54G
>router. Everything is working fine but I was wondering

how to make the
>network more secure. She would like to prevent her

neighbour from logging on
>using her router for example.
>So far we have turned off file share in her laptop,

changed the access point
>name from Linksys and changed the router configuration

password. Shall we
>enable WEP and how? also SSID anything else?
>
>She is up to date on AV and windows patches and promised

to keep those
>updated but what else could we do to make her network as

safe as possible? I
>know there is no silver bullet for this but would like to

help. Appreciate
>any help and please give us directions in plain English
>Thanks
>
>
>
>.
>



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