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 Post subject: Wi-Fi security
 Post Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:39 pm 
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Hi Scott,

For surfing at a wi-fi hot spot at a coffee shop, library etc, what would be your recommendations regarding security and keeping your information private? I understand a VPN might be a solution but looking at the description for OpenVPN http://www.openvpn.net/, my brain gets scrambled trying to understand the logistics of setting it up.

At home I have a main Windows XP Pro desktop connected through a Linksys WRT54GS wireless router running the Tomato firmware http://www.polarcloud.com/tomato if that helps.

I've only recently acquired a new laptop and have yet to venture out into the world of wi-fi outside of my own secured network.

Thanks for any advice on the subject!


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 Post subject: Re: Wi-Fi security
 Post Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:45 pm 
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I covered the basic precautions you should take when using public Wi-Fi hotspots here: viewtopic.php?p=3140#p3140

A VPN is useful for creating a secure encrypted connection between two or more remote systems. For example, if you had a server at home you could use a VPN to connect to it remotely. For personal or small business use I recommend Hamachi, which is free for non-commercial use: http://www.logmeinhamachi.com

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 Post subject: Re: Wi-Fi security
 Post Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:59 pm 
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Thanks Scott, i'll check out Hamachi.

Per your recommendation
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disable file sharing
in the other thread, is it sufficient to uncheck the box next to File and Printer sharing for Microsoft Networks in the wireless networking connection?

Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Wi-Fi security
 Post Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 6:56 am 
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Yes. Another thing you can do is to *disable* the exception for File and Printer Sharing in the Windows Firewall. Scott.


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 Post Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 1:24 pm 
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Great! thanks again Scott.

BTW could you suggest some reading material that covers Windows networking and security fundamentals?


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 Post Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 3:00 pm 
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I'd go with:


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 Post Posted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 6:11 am 
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In addition to those, I recommend the Windows XP and Vista Resource Kits, published by Microsoft. The Windows XP Resource Kit book is available from several sources:


The Windows Vista Resource Kit book is currently available only as a printed book:


While Microsoft doesn't put the Vista RK on the Vista DVD or online, they do have an online technical reference that is close:


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 Post subject: Re: Wi-Fi security
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 3:46 pm 
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Thanks for those recommendations Mike and Scott :)


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