Security for 802.11 wireless networks.

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If someone hacks my wi-fi connnection, what can they see and how?

I have two questions on wifi security: If someone knows my wifi password (be it WEP or WPA) what can they see on my screen? Do they just see URLs I visit, or can they see everything in my ...
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Security impact of using a public password for free WiFi

We have a WiFi network that we want to be public and free. Does having a password that is known to everyone provide any additional security advantage to the people using this network as opposed to ...
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Is there any security threat with open WiFi connection?

For a few days, my mobile device has been able to catch WiFi signals that are within its radius. It's not asking for a password to use the service. So, I'm using the WiFi service whenever I need to. ...
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Are WPA2 connections with a shared key secure?

This is something that has been bugging me for quite some time: when I have a wifi access point with WPA2 encryption and I give out the key, how secure are the connections? With WEP you could easily ...
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How can I ensure that I connect to the right wireless Access Point?

Under Windows/Linux, client side. How can I ensure that I'm not connecting to a rogue AP?
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Is visiting HTTPS websites on a public hotspot secure?

It's often said that HTTPS SSL/TLS connections are encrypted and said to be secure because the communication between the server and me is encrypted (also provides server authentication) so if someone ...
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Are MAC Address Filtering and SSID Hiding still worthwhile?

On a recent certification exam, I was presented with a question about ways to secure an 802.11 wireless network. It was a multiple-answer question, but the only two available answers that related at ...
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Is my computer at risk of being hacked when using public Wi-Fi?

I'm sitting at a cafe, using their public Wi-Fi. I don't go on sensitive sites; I basically go to a music site and listen to a live stream, for which there's no login. I don't check my email or visit ...
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Any advantage to securing WiFi with a PSK, other than to keep out unauthorized

As I understand WiFi with a PSK, such as WPA(2)-PSK or WEP, anyone on the same network can decrypt anyone elses packets because everybody has the same key. In which case, if you are not going to ...
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Access to a router's GUI

During a recent visit to a coffee shop, I noticed that they hadn't bothered changing their default user name and password for their router. I realise that someone could log on and be annoying to ...
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Tracking down a rogue access point

Over the course of about a month we have received multiple reports of a rogue access point attempting to intercept traffic. I suspect an attacker is using a wifi pineapple, or similar hardware ...
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How does FaceNiff work?

FaceNiff is an Android app that sniffs Facebook session ids. You must be connected to the same WiFi as the victim. It is said to be working even when WPA2 is present. How is it possible? I can decrypt ...
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WPA significantly less secure than WPA2?

I understand at least theoretically WPA2 is more secure than WPA, but in practice does it make any difference which one you use? From what I know there are no known attacks for either except for ...
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What security risks exist in cell phone apps' data transfer?

Smartphones apps transfer various types of data over the provider's data network (or wifi, if enabled). What security risks are there in this transfer, and how can the risks be mitigated? I'm not ...
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Is it possible to get all the data I send through wifi?

Is it possible, that the network administrator (wpa2 wifi network) can log all the data the users send and then get password out of it? I know it is not possible to get the password if I'm surfing ...
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How to implement secure device identification in a for-pay wifi router to prevent usage fraud?

After reading this question about how for-pay wifi routers identify specific devices it got me thinking about what a secure alternative might be. I know that certain research has focused on ...
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Strength of WEP, WPA and WPA 2 PSK

I know there are three method for wifi security. What are the relative strengths of the password encryption in WEP, WPA and WPA2 PSK?
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How to secure a WiFi network?

What do I have to do to secure a WiFi network? Is there any best practices? I have been recommended to use WPA2 encryption on the router, is that enough? What can I do to improve the security even ...
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The Dangers of Open Wi-Fi

I know that the first response to a question titled like so is "seriously?". I know the answers exists, but I am just trying to put everything together. Using and/or having an open Wi-Fi network is ...
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Can someone get my WPA2 password with honeypots?

Yesterday I went to my cousin's home and I saw that I'm not connected to his wireless (for internet access). Then I have looked up the list of wireless points. I have found his name and clicked it ...
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How to use public WiFi safely?

The Dangers of Open Wi-Fi How does one go about sending valuable information (for example inputting email username and password) over a free password-less public WiFi network? The only option that I ...
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When are HTTP session cookies at risk over Wi-Fi?

If I'm using websites that do not use HTTPS, but I'm on a WEP-protected Wi-Fi network, are my cookies safe from being sniffed by third-parties? Are cookies only at risk during login, or am I at risk ...
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Is it possible to speed up WPA/WPA2-PSK cracking using a rogue AP?

We know that WPA/WPA2-PSK uses a PTK (Pairwise Transient Key) for each client to encrypt the communication. This PTK is generated through the process known as 4-way handshake. As told in the related ...
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How to get hold of and use WPA session keys?

I'm testing sniffing and decrypting my WPA2 wifi network traffic. But when using airdecap to decrypt the capture file (created by airodump) using my WPA passphrase I only get broadcast traffic. If I ...
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Is my router vulnerable if WPS is enabled but WPS pin code is disabled?

I was reading about Reaver and wi-fi protected setups (WPS). In my Netgear router I have the option to disable the WPS pin code, but still have the WPS push button enabled. Am I secured with such ...
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If a hacker is on the same Wifi Network as I am, what can he do? [duplicate]

Ok so when a hacker has the wifi network's password and gets on the network, he can do things like monitor traffic, catch passwords, even access PCs, etc. But what I'm interested of knowing is what ...
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How wep wireless security works?

I want to know more about how WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) protocol for wireless securiy. From this wikipedia article I have got a basic Idea. But I still don't get what the initialize vector is? Is ...
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Has the WPS brute-force cracking issue been fixed?

I have heard a rumor that the WPS brute force attack doesn't work on newer devices, and that you now have to try all 10^7 PINs to find the correct one. Is that true?
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Sharing wifi at a business - Bad Policy?

Is it safe for a small business to let customers use their wifi while waiting? My friend is starting up a small dentistry practice (1 dentist), and I'm setting up his computers/wifi as a favor. ...
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Four-way Handshake in WPA-Personal (WPA-PSK)

Can someone explain to me in what consists the Four-way Handshake in WPA-Personal (WPA with Pre-Shared Key), which informations are being sent between AP and client, how is it possible to find the AP ...
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Threat assesment for a captive portal

I am interested in setting up a captive portal on a wireless network. From what I understand I would do this by initially having all guests in a temporary vlan, moving them to the real vlan when ...
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Is WPA2 WiFi protected against ARP poisoning and sniffing?

Is WPA2 WiFi protected against ARP poisoning? If not, can the ARP poisoner decrypt the packets?
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How does deauthing work in aireplay-ng?

I have a question of how aireplay-ng works when it deauths. I mean, it is really easy to disconnect another client from an AP: you just need to run the deauth command (in aireplay-ng) once, specifying ...
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How do I protect myself against 'hole 196'?

I came across this question a while ago and read about hole 196. Is there something I can install on my laptop to protect it against WPA2 Hole196? Software (such as Snort or DecaffeintID) can ...
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Wireless Activity Monitoring for PCI DSS Compliance

In an effort to be PCI DSS compliant, I took a trustkeeper.net questionnaire. I failed the question that asks Is the presence of wireless access points tested for by using a wireless analyzer at ...
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Can an attacker sniff Mac addresses on a wifi?

If an attacker turns on wifi but doesn't have the security key to connect to an access point in range, can he still sniff packets that travel between the access point and clients connected to the ...
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Bypassing hidden SSID and MAC filtering “protection”

I was browsing over this question and had some follow up questions from a practical perspective. What tools will show the SSID of an AP with the SSID set to hidden or broadcasting disabled? I have ...
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Devices with cryptic names and Chinese ip addresses connected to my router

Please see image. Does anyone have any idea of whats going on? They come and go as attached devices in my attached devices list. I also attached my routers log for you all to see. ...
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What makes PINless Wi-Fi Direct using WPS on Android secure?

I've read from Wikipedia that Wi-Fi direct uses WPS (Wifi Protected Setup), and I know that in Android (at least what I have which is 4.0.1 on Galaxy S3) uses the WPS method of the "push button" to ...
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intrusion detection on own hotspot?

Is it possible to detect failed logins on the hotspots you create with your windows/linux laptops? So you can detect some dumb brute force/guessing attempts? For example, a log like this: TIME DATA - ...
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How long to brute-force WPA password?

Bob has a password (for his WPA encrypted wifi) which is 8 characters, all lowercase, and not a dictionary word. Eve lives next door to Bob and wants to illegally hack his WPA. The number of ...
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Security measures for a WiFi access point?

I am planning to purchase a program that comes with an App that allows you to control the program via phone. The developer told me that the connection will be done via an extra WIFI box connecting to ...
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Hotspot with same SSID, how does authorization work?

My university has a wireless network I log into with my username and password. It's using PEAP. My phone and laptop automatically connect to this SSID when they detect the network. If someone sets up ...
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WiFi security from another authorized user (roommate)

I believe we use WPA or WPA2 encryption. To what extent can another user monitor my traffic? Monitor my desktop activity? View documents I've saved on my computer? Tell what sites i visit? Tell ...
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How is user authentication sent in a public wifi? Radius/802.1x/EAP etc

I visit the airport, I pull out my laptop and connect to a network (no password needed). I open up my browser and i am presented with a screen saying I need to pay to use the network. If I pay, I ...
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How to detect the “Hello packets” sent by a wifi enabled smartphone

Actually I have a case where I should able to detect the mobile phones and get some data about the device available in my network range without connecting to the network. I have seen somewhere that a ...
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What are the risks of a rogue Access Point? What lessons can be learned from the Wifi Pineapple?

I'd like to educate colleagues and peers on rogue access points using the tool "Wifi Pineapple". What are some specific security-related lessons I could demonstrate? If applicable, what are the ...
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Wifi WPA cracking with reaver

Hello! This question for anyone who tried or succeeded to crack wifi wpa/wpa2 keys with backtrack linux and reaver. So, I wanted to test on my wifi router. I started everything as described here. But ...
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WPA/PSK Dictionaries

So i have been reading some articles on WPA/PSK encryption, And one said that the hash is calculated like this: Key = PBKDF2(passphrase, ssid, 4096, 256) Where PBKDF2 is a standardized method ...
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How much can someone see from my iPhone by connecting to my wifi

How much can someone see from my iPhone by connecting to my wifi and can they copy my messages files documents etc