Busting (or Trusting) Wi-Fi Security Myths
May 27, 2010, 21:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Geier)
"When you're reading up on Wi-Fi security, you'll find many
different interpretations and opinions. One might say disabling
SSID broadcasting will hide your network, while others might say it
just draws hackers into an easy job. Some might think WPA
encryption is cracked, while others say it's secure. Here we look
at each myth and tell you whether it's verified--or busted.
"Myth: WEP encryption can be cracked in minutes.
Verdict: Trusted. WEP encryption can be cracked in minutes.
"After nearly a decade now, it's no secret. The Wired Equivalent
Privacy (WEP) encryption standard, developed by the IEEE, can be
cracked. In some cases, it can even be cracked in minutes. So,
count this myth as True.
"Attacks on WEP result in the hacker recovering the encryption
key. Then he or she can freely connect to the network, access
network shares and resources, and decode all packets. Needless to
say, WEP doesn't secure your network from hackers. It only protects
you from the average Wi-Fi user."
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