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Old 07-27-2013, 10:26 AM   #1
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If you're a Benji you will like this article. If not it may bore you.

Note: Benji - a term used on Science Friday to describe geeks who are also resonance people. Named after the first American geek, Benjamin Franklin.

Here is an interesting article about how one guy was able to take control of another person's home using the internet. The homeowner had installed a system that allowed him or her to control home devices over the internet. But, the system was not properly secured.

When 'Smart Homes' Get Hacked: I Haunted A Complete Stranger's House Via The Internet - Forbes

Given the latest news about Russian hackers who have been invading people's supposedly secure financial accounts for years, I am wondering about the wisdom of using such a system, though I have no plans to do so at the present time.

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Old 07-27-2013, 12:12 PM   #2
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In a similar vein, one extremely simple thing you can do to be defensive is to flip the switch in your wifi router to stop broadcasting its SSID. When I wander around my neighborhood, I see dozens of unsecured wifi networks with default names like NETGEAR, SETUP, Home, Linksys, etc.

When you turn off the broadcast, those nearby won't see your wifi network at all, so they won't be tempted to get into it. Of course, that means you have to remember the network name yourself (and password), but how often do you get a new device you want to put on your wifi?

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Actually the SSID is just a name, not really a security feature. A good sniffer can show it even if hidden. Although it will confuse the casual user.

Debunking Myths: Is Hiding Your Wireless SSID Really More Secure?
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