wireless

Tue
17
Oct
John Lister's picture

New Wi-Fi Crack can Intercept Your Data: What You Need to Know

One of the key security protections in WiFi has a serious vulnerability, a researcher has revealed. The exploit has to do with the protocol "WPA2" - currently considered the most secure protocol commonly used on WiFi routers and hotspots. Here's ... what you need to know about the WPA2 exploit. What's the problem and what does it affect? Security researcher Mathy Vanhoef has published a demonstration for what he's called "KRACKs," short for key reinstallation attacks. That's a way of exploiting a weakness in WPA2 (WiFi Protected Access II), the security system that is most ... (view more)

Wed
21
Sep
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Comcast Gets Into Cellphone Service

Comcast is to offer cellphone service next year, targeting its existing customers. It will use a combination of cellphone towers leased from Verizon and its own wireless hotspots. The company is not revealing too many details at this point, but it ... appears it believes it will be able to offer a wider coverage area by using its existing network of around 14 million wireless hotspots. Customers Own Routers Part of Network That network is so large because it not only covers devices in public places such as coffee shops but also uses a "guest mode" on the wireless routers of many cable ... (view more)

Wed
07
Oct
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Facebook Alters News Feed Depending on Your Connection

Facebook is to tweak the way it selects and displays content in user news feeds. The idea is to make life easier for users on slow, inconsistent, or wireless Internet connections. Part of the changes affect how the content will be shown; for ... example, users on a slow connection will see more text-based content such as status updates, rather than showing more videos. There will also be a change affecting how media content is downloaded as a priority. Facebook has already switched to an image format known as Progressive JPEG that displays low quality images first, then gradually downloads into a ... (view more)

Thu
19
Feb
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Windows 10 to Widely Support Fingerprint, Key Logins

Windows 10 will support a key standard for security measures designed as an alternative to the traditional password. It could make it easier to use methods such as fingerprint recognition or a "key-like" USB stick. Microsoft has confirmed the ... operating system will support the Fast Identity Online (Fido) standards. That's an industry-wide specification supported by tech firms such as BlackBerry and Google and financial firms such as PayPal, Discover and Visa. (Source: windows.com ) Fido isn't specific to any one device, but rather is a specification about the way computers ... (view more)

Mon
12
Jan
Dennis Faas's picture

Share Internet between Two Homes?

Infopackets Reader 'vking' writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a wireless network inside my home and I want to share it with my neighbor, who lives approximately 250 feet away. Is there a WiFi range extender that I can purchase which allows me to share my ... Internet access and computer network with my neighbor? " My response: Yes, there is, however I need to clarify a few things, first. The purpose of a WiFi range extender is to provide greater coverage in areas with low signal. A WiFi range extender will only work if it is within close proximity to the devices it is broadcasting its signal; that's ... (view more)

Wed
05
Mar
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WiFi Virus Spreads Like Airborne Disease

Computer researchers have created an 'airborne' computer virus that takes advantage of WiFi (wireless Internet) routers. The point of the study is to highlight the many ways in which wireless routers are open to abuse. The research studied wireless ... access points, and was completed by the University of Liverpool. Access points are electronic devices that relay information from a local wireless network to another (typically the Internet). For example: a PC or laptop connected to a wireless router (which is then connected to the Internet) would be considered an access point. The goal of ... (view more)

Thu
14
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

'Wireless Network Watcher 1.70' and 'Extra Keys 2.1.0'

Wireless Network Watcher 1.70 This small and easy-to-use utility from NirSoft scans your entire wireless network and displays all of the computers and other devices linked to your network. Every time a device is found this tool displays a wide range ... of information, including IP address, device name, etc. http://www.nirsoft.net Extra Keys 2.1.0 This tool makes it easier to add letters and symbols that don't usually appear on your average keyboard. Each letter or symbol is added to your selected application at the current cursor position. It's a handy tool for people who often write in two or ... (view more)

Thu
29
Aug
Dennis Faas's picture

New Logitech Mouse Boasts 1,400-Hour Battery Life

Tired of having the battery in your favorite wireless mouse die just when you need it most? Then you might be interested in hardware maker Logitech's newest wireless mouse, the G602, which reportedly boasts a 1,400-hour battery life. According to ... Logitech, the G602 runs on two standard AA batteries. To hit that 1,400-hour limit, Logitech says the mouse uses a special "Endurance Mode". However, if precision is the name of the game, users can flick a mechanical switch on the device to engage "Performance Mode," though this sets the battery life back to about 250 hours. Performance Mode Designed ... (view more)

Wed
05
Jun
Dennis Faas's picture

Microsoft: Why Businesses Will Want Windows Blue

If Microsoft wants its Windows 8 operating system (OS) to be successful with business users, it will need to convince them that the new OS contains useful features not seen in previous versions of Windows. Microsoft recently revealed that Windows ... Blue will revive the beloved Start button and will allow Windows 8 users to boot directly to the desktop. However, at the TechEd conference currently being held in New Orleans, Microsoft focused exclusively on the features Windows Blue -- or Windows 8.1 -- will offer enterprise users. Windows Azure, Windows Server Integration First, Microsoft says ... (view more)

Fri
22
Jun
Dennis Faas's picture

'Wireless Network Watcher 1.47', and 'Wireshark 1.8'

Wireless Network Watcher 1.47 Wireless Network Watcher is a small piece of utility software that scans a wireless network and displays a list of all computers and devices that are currently connected to it. This is a helpful way to find out if ... neighbors are "poaching" on your internet connection, or if hackers are "eavesdropping" on your online activity. This list is "live," so you can copy the details of the connected devices into another application, such as Excel or some other spreadsheet. http://www.nirsoft.net Wireshark 1.8 Despite being totally free to use ... (view more)

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