Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Wireless Security

http://live.pirillo.com/ - Divine, a new member in the chat room, wanted to know how to kick people off his wireless network.

In this case, the best offense is a good defense: you should set up a MAC address filter.

MAC stands for Media Access Control, and it's a 12 digital hexadecimal number - and every network enabled device has a MAC address. What you need to do is set up a filter list in your wireless router configuration software (which is usually accessed via your web browser).

When you set up your filter list you are setting up a whitelist of addresses which will be allowed to access your network. If any device with a MAC address not on the filter list will not be allowed to use your wireless connection.

Washington University in St. Louis has a great write-up on how you can find your MAC address.

This is only one step you can take. We highly recommend securing your network with WPA security and a difficult to guess password.

Want to embed our Wireless LAN Security video in your blog? Use this code:

<object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/MqB_eHnQjE8"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/MqB_eHnQjE8" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object><br /><a href="http://live.pirillo.com/">http://live.pirillo.com/</a> / <a href="http://chris.pirillo.com/media/">http://chris.pirillo.com/media/</a>

No comments: