Identity Security Academy Lesson 3: Wireless Networks
How To Protect Yourself and What To Stop Doing Now
You’re not the BBC (check out the old wireless broadcasting truck…cool, huh?). You’re not NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox News, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC (are they still on the air?) or even your local radio station.
So do this one thing and you can keep the whiz kid from next door from creeping on you. And that’s quit broadcasting your SSID. What’s an SSID? Thanks for asking. The boring, technical name is Service Set Identifier. It’s your street address for your wireless home router or AP – access point – the actual piece of equipment.
And when you broadcast it for the world to see, you invite trouble. Like having a wireless freeloader use your network to download a pirated version of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” from a very dubious web site. Unfortunately for you, that means the MPAA – the Motion Picture Association of America – will be having one of their friendly lawyers send you a very threatening letter with a large number where a small fine was supposed to be.
Not to fear. The following, motivational and high informative video done by yours truly will forever, once and for all, explain why you need to STOP broadcasting your SSID right now. Later we’ll talk about encrypting your network. Not only your network, but your data. Whether at rest or in motion, you can never be too careful. This is like having an unlisted phone number, which also means you won’t be in the phonebook. You need to make it harder for crooks and thieves to break into your house, and network. Remember how tough it was for Captain Kirk to fight the Romulans and their cloaking device? Yeah…make it that tough.
For now, time to cloak your online presence in a sea of cyber darkness.