Re: [NTO] routers/hubs and waps - on the road
- That's very trusting and I hope you don't have any valuable information
on your system so when someone hacks in, it's compromised. You don't
need a whole bunch of complicated equipment to break a wireless network.
Especially an unsecured one. A laptop and the right software will do it
Axel Berger wrote:
> On the other hand, why bother. My own WLAN is open on principle, I
> believe in letting passers-by share a bit of my bandwidth to check mail,
> look something up or whatever.
> So you go visit a friend who runs an open WLAN in a residential area.
> What's going to happen? Will people say "Oh Mike's coming. Let's go and
> set up a listening device there. Of course it's going to take hours of
> our time and it needs equipment for hundreds placed out in the street,
> but hey, it's Mike, it's sure gonna be worth it for us."
- Axel Berger wrote:
>I think that's a bit more than needed to protect their stuff but can
> Mick Housel wrote:
> > Ya'll have a good week and a Happy New Year!
> Some to you, have a good one. Maybe I was a bit over the top, but the
> permanent mistrust around me does grate. When people have finished
> filling up a little before me and lock their cars when going in to pay,
> I do see this as a personal affront, just like picking up valuables and
> taking them along when going to the loo in e.g. a library.
also understand it why some might feel that way. I grew up in the middle
of nowhere in the Sierra Nevada mountains of northern California. 6 kids
in my elementary school class in my home town. Since then I've lived all
over the western US from San Diego to Washington state and as far east
as Texas. From big cities to little tiny towns that hardly made the
definition of town. Unfortunately in the 1/2 century of my existence,
I've seen things change from being able to leave things unlocked
wherever you were to keeping your house, garage, etc. locked unless you
want to replace things continuously. I've had to replace things a few
times from theft and it's cheaper to install and use locks. Some things
can't be replaced such as pictures and family heirlooms. It's like Mr.
Savage said "Locks keep honest people honest".
> But something else: My WLAN is open but my partitions are protected viaThat depends on the complexity and length of the passwords. Most
> password on Win98. How long does that take to crack? Minutes? Seconds?
> Or hours, which would be safe enough for anything I've got.
passwords less than 9 characters in length can be broken in a matter of
minutes. Win98 files are tougher to protect due to the lack of security
& encryption of the FAT file system in comparison with NTFS.
BTW, I'd like to take the time to say thanks to all the regulars on the
NTB lists that are there to answer the questions and provide guidance
for those that are new or learning more about NTB, clips, etc. I've
recommended NTB many times, partly because it's a great text editor but
also because of the outstanding support given on these lists. I've
learned lots just by reading and taking note of things that are discussed.