This ebook is old! Unless you’re looking for a history lesson, you probably don’t want to buy this ebook.
It’s ten o’clock—do you know who’s using your wireless network? If you haven’t turned on network security, someone could be eavesdropping on your email, plucking your Web and email passwords out of the air, or sending spam through your Internet connection right now! When you’re using a wireless network—whether from a Macintosh with AirPort gear, Windows with any Wi-Fi equipment, or any portable handheld device— you’re exposed to risk unless you take the necessary steps to protect yourself.
Wireless networking experts Glenn Fleishman and Adam Engst have spent years covering wireless security on Glenn’s Wi-Fi Networking News blog and in two editions of The Wireless Networking Starter Kit. Now they’ve distilled that experience into this essential guide for anyone using wireless networks, whether at home, at work, or on the road. You’ll learn how to evaluate your real security risks; the best way to restrict access to your network; how to secure your data in transit with SSL/TLS, SSH, and VPNs; and how to avoid viruses and attacks. The book provides extra advice on how to secure a small-office wireless network, including setting up 802.1X for secure Wi-Fi logins.
"The authors, two guys with enormous geek credibility, take the confusing tangle of Wi-Fi security issues and break it down for you in plain language. The book is a marvel of excellent technical writing for a general audience."
—Barry Campbell on Blogcritics.org
Read this book to learn the answers to questions like:
- Should I worry about someone eavesdropping on my home wireless network?
- What three security measures should I take immediately to lock down my wireless gateway?
- What common security measures aren’t worthwhile?
- Why is WEP not worth bothering with, and what should I use instead?
- How do I set up guest networking on newer AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule models?
- How do I set up WPS on Apple and non-Apple gear?
- What does it mean if I see green shading in my browser’s URL field?
- Do I need a VPN to protect my sensitive work communications?
- What is sidejacking, and what should I do about it?
- Can I control access to my wireless network by user name and password?
- What software can I use for secure email and file transfer?
- How does public-key encryption work?
- Our office has only 15 people—can we afford the best Wi-Fi security?