No soup for you

It finally happened.

I don’t know for how long it’s been going on, but it seems a person within our apartment complex has been using my wireless router without my knowledge to surf the web. I didn’t notice it until yesterday morning when my laptop (the only wireless device) seemed a little sluggish on my home network. I checked out the admin page and lo’ and behold, there was an extra MAC address in the listing of those devices attached to my router.

I simply assumed no one around me would know what a computer is let alone attach one to a wireless network, so it’s my own dumb fault for not properly securing my huge gaping high speed wireless hole available to anyone within a 1000 foot radius.

Bad Dave, no doughnut.

Anyway, the router I got allows me to give access based on MAC address so that was taken care of all nice and quick. Then I figured I may as well activate the encryption as well so I’m now running with 128-bit encryption as well and at a reasonable speed of 52mb/sec too, go figure! Gotta love D-Link products!

I’ll have to keep an eye out for any suspicious chalk marks around my apartment now. Hmmph…

So today’s lesson is if you’ve got yourself a nice wireless set-up at your house, make sure no one’s using your connection without your knowledge. Don’t be dumb like me and just assume you’re safe, LOL. Enable MAC address* filtering to keep out the unwanted and encryption to make sure no one can “see” your data flying around in never never land.

* – a MAC (or Ethernet) address is unique to your network hardware, whether it be a wireless/wired/broadband modem/etc, consisting of a series of hex numbers arranged to make an address to access your machine.

6 replies on “No soup for you”

didn’t you put a super hard password on the router itself??? My last job we found some company in the building using a wireless router and the password was set to the default, Linksys, password.

I wish! With any network card, you can kind of figure out the SSID (password sort of) of the wireless router, so that’s pretty much a moot point at least on my router. All’s I could have done is just enabled the MAC address authentication, which was promptly done when I found out. 🙂

My former employer is a fairgrounds which hosts the largest computer swap meet in the Los Angeles area. I personally installed the Cisco wireless goodies for them and lo and behold… I browse the web with my friends laptop when we go to the show every other weekend. They never changed the password and Can do Whatever I want with it. But being a man of high moral character and integrity, I refrain from doing the unthinkable.

lol @ bad dave no doughnut 🙂 I like that. Well you know, I would probably try to eat off of your plate too, so to speak. Because really, are you going to know which neighbor has the Mac? Nope probably not. So he probably was getting away with that for a long time. I like those Airport cards, they’re they shiznit. I’m thinking about getting me one of those little Mini-Me Macs. They’re pretty cool! My school’s got wireless i-net and all the kids sit out on the grass with their little school-mandated Dells. It’s cute 🙂

That was my #1 reason for not getting a wireless router. Not that I needed one; I don’t have a laptop. But I just didn’t want to deal with the security issues. This reminds me to remind my friend to check my friend’s wireless network, though. 🙂

PS Warchalking, huh? That’s just great. [/sarcasm] Here’s a hint for those fine people — if it’s so OK to do it, what’s wrong with asking permission? *smack*

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