Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 1st May 2008 01:55 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption Security consultant Howard Fosdick has contributed the latest entry in the 2008 OSNews Article Contest: a highly detailed examination of security and privacy on the Windows platform, and how to use free software tools and a little knowledge to protect your privacy online.
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Hiding your SSID is not more secure
by kragil on Thu 1st May 2008 08:40 UTC
kragil
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2006-01-04

Somebody able to attack it will find it anyway and in addition you open up a new attact vector.
Basically somebody can jam your network and set up a new unencrypted with the same name and your windows box will just connect without notifying you that the network changed. This is a pretty recent finding .. i only know a good german article about it, but even Microsoft has a fairly good one:

http://technet.microsoft.com/de-de/library/bb726942


Basically keeping Windows secure is VERY hard. At the moment it is way simpler to just use Linux or Mac and keep them updated.

( GERMAN: http://www.heise.de/security/Drahtlos-Einbruch-trotz-WPA-dank-WLAN-... )

Edited 2008-05-01 08:50 UTC

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