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Stop Wi-Fi Thieves: How to Secure Your Wi-Fi From Neighbors Stealing It

Posted on May 5, 2017. Filed under: networking, Security, wireless | Tags: , , , |

If your Wi-Fi SSID is being broadcast to the surrounding houses, there is a chance your internet is being stolen. Find out how to stop this from happening and keep control of your bandwidth.

Source: Stop Wi-Fi Thieves: How to Secure Your Wi-Fi From Neighbors Stealing It

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How to Create an NFC Tag That Connects Any Android Phone to a Wi-Fi Network

Posted on November 9, 2016. Filed under: Android, Everything, Phones, Techniques, wireless | Tags: , , , |

HowToGeek has a post: NFC is one of those tools that is great to have, but so ridiculously underused by the majority of Android users. While it can be used for advanced automation of things on your Android phone, it can also be used for equally as simplistic stuff: like easily sharing your home Wi-Fi data with friends.

Source: How to Create an NFC Tag That Connects Any Android Phone to a Wi-Fi Network

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How to Use Android’s Wi-Fi Assistant to Keep Your Phone Safe on Public Networks

Posted on October 18, 2016. Filed under: Android, Everything, networking, Security, Techniques, wireless | Tags: , , , |

HowToGeek has a post: If you aren’t using Android’s “Wi-Fi Assistant”, you should. It automatically secures unsafe public wireless networks by using a Google VPN, so attackers can’t access your data.

Source: How to Use Android’s Wi-Fi Assistant to Keep Your Phone Safe on Public Networks

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Series: Routers using WPS are intrinsically unsafe

Posted on December 17, 2012. Filed under: Security, wireless | Tags: , , , , |

Windows Secrets Series: Routers using WPS are intrinsically unsafe.

“Simple hacker tools can easily sniff out Wi-Fi passwords from routers that have Wi-Fi Protected Setup enabled — quite possibly yours included.”

 

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Maryfi – Turn your Windows 7 laptop into a Wi-Fi Hotspot

Posted on February 22, 2012. Filed under: networking, Windows 7, wireless | Tags: , , , , |

MakeUseOf recommends Maryfi to Turn your Windows 7 laptop into a Wi-Fi Hotspot.

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Surf anonymously with free CyberGhost VPN

Posted on September 4, 2011. Filed under: Security, wireless | Tags: , , , , , , |

CyberGhost VPN is a free ” free utility that encrypts, anonymizes, and offshores your internet use when you’re using public Wi-Fi at an airport or coffee shop, or you’re worried someone on your network is running a tool like Firesheep to gather credentials. The service is built for users who just want secure, private access when connected from public or untrusted networks.”

This would be a good precaution to take when traveling, for example.

Recommended by Lifehacker.

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Force Vista To Connect To Wireless Network When SSID Is Not Sent

Posted on October 25, 2010. Filed under: networking, Windows Vista, wireless | Tags: , , , , |

Internet Fixes tells you how to Force Vista To Connect To Wireless Network When SSID Is Not Sent.

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Geek to Live: Encrypt your web browsing session (with an SSH SOCKS proxy)

Posted on October 25, 2010. Filed under: networking, Security, wireless | Tags: , , , , , , |

Lifehacker tells you how to Encrypt your web browsing session (with an SSH SOCKS proxy).

This is not as tough as it sounds, but good for using free public wifi.

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How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks

Posted on October 25, 2010. Filed under: networking, Security, wireless | Tags: , , , |

Lifehacker gives tips on How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks.

Some practical things to do when using the free wifi in coffee shops, airports, etc.

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Deep Dish Cylindrical Parabolic Template

Posted on April 20, 2009. Filed under: Hardware, networking, wireless | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Deep Dish Cylindrical Parabolic Template.

Say that three times fast….

This might seem a little far to the geek side for this site, but bear with me.  What do you do when your wireless router just can’t seem to get the signal to the far side of the house, or to another floor?  Or what if you’d like to keep the signal a little more private given all the other wireless users in your neighborhood?

Use “scissors, tape, cardboard, tin foil” and do one of these things up, or get an aluminum cookie sheet to get more elaborate.  It just helps to focus and concentrate the wireless signal.

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WifiDocs/Driver/Ndiswrapper for Ubuntu

Posted on February 8, 2009. Filed under: Linux, networking, wireless | Tags: , , , , , , , |

So you wanted to try Linux, but now your wireless doesn’t work?

If you’re on Ubuntu, you could try WifiDocs/Driver/Ndiswrapper.

“Even if your wireless network card does not have a native Linux driver, you may still be able to get it working with Ndiswrapper. Ndiswrapper is a Linux module which allows Ubuntu to use the Windows driver for wireless cards (in most cases).”

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Bandwidth monitor/speed/traffic monitoring tools

Posted on February 8, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, networking, wireless | Tags: , , , , , , |

Softperfect has tools: Bandwidth monitor, bandwidth speed test, bandwidth and traffic monitoring tool for Windows.

Trying to see how fast your Internet Service Provider really is?  Here are the tools you can use to check the claims.

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Supercharge Your Wireless Router With Open Firmware – Wired How-To Wiki

Posted on February 8, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, networking, wireless | Tags: , , , |

Howto has an article on how to Supercharge Your Wireless Router With Open Firmware.

“Firmware” is the software that runs your router, but some routers allow you to upgrade it.  You may find that changing to different software improves performance.

Use at your own risk!

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How to Protect Your Wi-Fi from the WPA Hack

Posted on December 9, 2008. Filed under: Hardware, Help, Security, wireless | Tags: , , , , , , |

Lifehacker has the key to How to Protect Your Wi-Fi Network from the WPA Hack.

That’s the security flaw that’s been loudly shouted all over the Web.

“The key: Just log into your router, switch off Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) as an encryption mode, and use Advanced Encryption System (AES) only. TKIP is the only protocol that the hack applies to, so switching to AES-only will ensure that your Wi-Fi network is safe again. It’s quick and easy, so do yourself a favor and make the adjustment now so you don’t run into any problems in the future.”

That’s it.

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How to Set up Ad hoc Wifi – Wireless

Posted on December 7, 2008. Filed under: Hardware, networking, wireless | Tags: , , , , , , |

UnlockForUs has a post onHow to Set up Ad hoc Wifi – Wireless Networking Without a Router (Vista/XP)

“Based on my observation, an adhoc network is a wireless network connection without a central node. The network is dispersed which requires no base station (Router).

Using the Network Setup, devices such as PSP, Laptops, and other portable gaming consoles can search, share and link each other within range without using a router or a hub.

Advantage

  1. Easy to setup: No additional Software is needed and It’s FREE
  2. Nowadays, By default Wi-fi or Wireless Card is included when you bought a computer especially in laptops. Even if it’s not included USB type Wifi is now cheap.
  3. Portability and Mobility
  4. No more wires and additional devices such as hub and routers

Main Disadvantage

If you’ll share or connect other computers and devices to the Internet. The computer that is connected to the Internet (Gateway) must always be turned on. Unlike using a router, you can turn off any computers in the network.”

An additional post is on How to share Internet Connection.

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Wireless hotspot finders

Posted on September 22, 2008. Filed under: wireless | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

[last updated 2008/9/21]

AnchorFree is a website to find wireless hotspots (coffee shops, cafes, etc.) near you. It found six near the UA Fort Smith campus when tested Sept. 21, 2008.

Hotspotr had only two, but with more detailed information, on 9/21/2008.

Wifinder had four, had details and allowed user comments.  It allowed more detailed searching, but didn’t find anything when searched specifically for Fort Smith, Arkansas — just the entire state.

The odd thing is that they found different places from each other, in a number of cases.

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AnchorFree to find the local wi-fi hotspots

Posted on September 22, 2008. Filed under: wireless |

AnchorFree is a website to find wireless hotspots (coffee shops, cafes, etc.) near you.

It found six near the UA Fort Smith campus when tested Sept. 21, 2008.

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Test your security, speed and other stuff

Posted on June 23, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Security, Utilities, wireless | Tags: , , , , , , |

Audit My PC is a web site with services for security and a number of other uses.

You can test your firewall or find a free one, check your broadband speed, generate a sitemap for your web site, and find out your own IP.

Another good test site is ShieldsUP! which will run a live test of a number of factors to see if your home network is secure.  Once you set up your network, use this to find any weak spots that you need to fix.

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Network Magic makes router setup easy

Posted on June 9, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, Microsoft Windows, networking, Windows Vista, Windows XP, wireless | Tags: , , , , , |

ZDNet recommends Network Magic for setting up your home network, and (based on this blogger’s experience) it really works.

This is a freeware application that guides you in setting up your network and configuring your router’s settings.  It’s also good for Vista as well as earlier Windows systems, and works with a number of different brands and models of routers.

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Azulstar Wireless Wizard checks out the local wireless networks

Posted on June 8, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, networking, wireless | Tags: , , , |

ClifNotes has a post on the Azulstar Wireless Wizard, which will:

• Show Network Info
• Renew/Release IP Address
• Enable DHCP
• Show IP Configuration
• Open Network Connection
• Run Bandwidth Test

Handy for connecting to networks when you’re away from your own.  Ad-supported freeware.

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