Security for 802.11 wireless networks.

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This JavaScript code is injected on my hotel Wi-Fi: should I be worried?

While connected to my hotel Wi-Fi, visiting the URL http://www.google-analytics.com/ga.js results in the following content being served: var ga_exists; if(!ga_exists) { ga_exists = 1; var ...
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Trying to keep high school students out of the Wi-Fi network

I'm a teacher and IT person at a small K-12 school. The students are not supposed to have phones, laptops or access to the network. However, students being students they will try to find a way around ...
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Is it possible the person sitting across from me at Starbucks was trying to hack my laptop?

I was using my laptop at a Starbucks on a table, and a person was using a laptop on the same table across from me, a couple seats to my side. He flicked some plastic thing across the table towards my ...
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Can I prevent my neighbors, whom I pay for shared internet (wifi), from seeing the sites I've visited?

I pay my neighbors to use their wifi. They have listed me as "guest" with a separate password from theirs. Is there any way to prevent them from seeing the sites I've visited? My browser history ...
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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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Is there any security threat with open WiFi connection?

For a few days, my mobile device has been able to catch Wi-Fi signals that are within its radius. It's not asking for a password to use the service. So, I'm using the Wi-Fi service whenever I need to. ...
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Why would the government collect Wi-Fi SSIDs via manual door-to-door questioning of citizens?

I live in a country with little freedom on the Internet (not as strict as in China, but some sites, particularly anti-government sites are inaccessible without a VPN). Recently the government just ...
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Can an open Wi-Fi hotspot be considered “secure” when using a VPN connection?

There are many open Wi-Fi hotspots scattered around from cafes to airports. I understand that a non-passworded Wi-Fi leaves traffic unencrypted and therefore available for hackers to read. I also ...
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Is there any way for my ISP or LAN admin to learn my gmail address as a result of me logging into gmail's web interface through via their network?

The title says it all, really. I'm Alice, and I want to login to Gmail's web interface through my browser. Ike, the internet service provider, and Adam, the local network administrator, would like to ...
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Why can you bypass restricted WiFis by adding “?.jpg” to the URL?

I recently read an article on Hacking a commercial airport WLAN. It's basically about circumventing paid airport WiFi redirections (they redirect you to a certain URL when you type something in the ...
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Why isn't open WiFi encrypted?

As far as I understand, WiFi networks that require no password send traffic through the air unencrypted. Those that require a password encrypt each connection uniquely, even if they're all using the ...
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Somebody hacked my router and changed my wifi SSID

One of my neighbours hacked the password of my router and he uses my limited internet package. I change the wifi SSID almost daily, but he can hack it easily. Today, he changed the SSID to a hate ...
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If someone hacks my wi-fi password, what can they see and how?

If someone knows my wifi password (be it WEP or WPA) what can they see? Do they just see URLs I visit, or can they see everything in my browser, or even everything I do on my computer? Does using ...
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How risky is connecting to a hidden wireless network?

According to something I spotted something in a set of directions for connecting to a hidden wireless network from windows 8 found here (located under Step 1 > "Troubleshoot connection problems" > ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to block or detect user setting up their own personal wifi AP in our LAN?

Recently, I found a user plug a USB Wifi stick on his desktop, and set up an AP without password. How can we detect or block this via firewall rules or other approach?
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What are the security implications if someone got my home WiFi network password?

I gave my WiFi password to a guest. I'm wondering how can he exploit this opportunity? Like, can he access my other devices localhost servers? Can he brute force to get the password of the router to ...
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Can a WiFi access point operator tell that I'm streaming video to my phone?

I work at an office typing numbers into a computer. It gets quite boring sometimes, so I go on Netflix while using their WiFi on my phone. Can they tell what apps I'm using, based on network traffic? ...
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Preventing deauthentication attacks

I am helpless against some kiddy with backtrack who repeatedly uses aireplay-ng to deauthenticate legitimate users on my Wifi work network. I captured and analyzed the network traffic on my Wifi work ...
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Is there a way to make a WEP-secured AP uncrackable?

For some days, I was feeling that my Internet bill was booming. Then, I recently found out that a boy near my house was accessing my router to use the Internet. Then, I read some articles how to crack ...
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How does WiFi password cracking work?

Let's say I have a wireless network that is password protected. What procedures can an intruder take to gain access to my wireless network, or at least be able to decipher the packets I am sending ...
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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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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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Safe to make a VPN connection over coffee shop WIFI?

On my work laptop I regularly create a VPN connection that I use to remote desktop to our web server. Is this safe to do on a coffee shop where random people are connected to the same wifi network?
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Is HTTPS secure over public Wi-Fi with an expired certificate?

I am staying at a hotel with free public Wi-Fi. To get Internet access I had to visit a web page and agree to the terms and conditions. This website has a security certificate, but it expired over a ...
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Is a VPN really required with free Wi-Fi on a train?

Our local train service has added free Wi-Fi. I have been checking GMail and logging into a few apps. Then logging into websites using HTTPS. Is this secure, especially if done via app? The network ...
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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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Are open wireless networks unencrypted?

When you connect to an open wireless network (that is, a wireless network without any symmetric password set) is there any sort of secure key exchange going on, or is data sent back and forth ...
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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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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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Stopping ill-mannered use of guest wifi [closed]

I support a small business' tech issues including setting up a guest WiFi network. The WiFi is important since they want people sitting around and consuming their product. Over the past months ...
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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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Can an employer see what I'm doing on my iPhone whilst logged onto wifi

I log on to my works wifi throughout the the day whilst at work, I use apps like whatsapp and iMessages to communicate when I need to, can my employer see the content of those messages (actually read ...
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Why is WPA Enterprise more secure than WPA2?

In personal mode WPA2 is more secure than WPA. However, I have read that WPA Enterprise provides stronger security than WPA2 and I am unsure exactly how this is achieved.
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Recommend Length for Wi-FI PSK?

I currently have a network set up with WPA2 and AES encryption, the password is 8 characters long but was randomly generated and contains no dictionary words. However I'm concerned about the ...
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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 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 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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Can a hacker sniff others' network data over a wireless connection?

Provided that the hacker knows the WiFi password if any (WEP or WPA), is he capable of sniffing network data of other hosts connected to the same access point?
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Did someone impersonate my WiFi?

TL;DR: An unknown WiFi extender showed up in my DHCP logs and my phone routinely connected through that access point. How badly was my network or traffic at risk? This morning, while struggling ...
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Wireless client isolation - how does it work, and can it be bypassed?

Many SOHO routers these days support a feature called "wireless client isolation", or similar. What this is supposed to do, in principle, is to limit the connectivity between wireless clients ...
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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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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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Can an administrator see all of my info on shared, private WiFi?

I am currently sharing a WiFi network with my neighbor. We are on the same network. I never set up as a Guest. My questions are: whether or not this person can see the sites I visit, the info I ...
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Do VPNs provide sufficient protection over public wireless networks?

I know that VPNs are the standard way to secure communication between a remote user and their primary network, but I've never felt entirely comfortable relying on them when using an open wireless ...