Re: wireless suggstions

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On Fri, 2007-08-17 at 13:15 -0500, Javier Perez wrote:
> Sorry to barge in, but I wondered why is it "erroneous" to believe
> that broadcasting the SSID would lower the security of my wireless
> rig?  I know it is security through obscurity and I do not depend only
> on that to keep my wifi safe. Nevertheless, it is one more step for a
> would be attacker. 

It's "erroneous" in that it provides *no* increase in security.  It
doesn't /slightly/ improve things, it provides *NO* increase in
security.  There's a lot of bad advice about turning this off, even from
official sounding places.

Hiding it doesn't thwart hackers for anything more than a few moments,
and those few moments don't do you the slightest bit of good; in that
regards, its utterly pointless.  Hiding it can cause you problems
connecting to your network (finding your network, not accidentally
connecting to the neighbour's network, etc.); in that regards, it's
worse than useless.  Hiding it can cause you problems when your
neighbours accidentally connect to your network, because the SSID wasn't
there for their software to be able to automatically ignore the wrong
network; again, in that regards, its worse than useless.

That's the explanation in a nutshell.  If you want more details, you can
Google wireless security myths.  There's plenty of pages that explain
it.  But considering the overall issues, the details are pointless.
It's self evident that it's not a good idea.

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