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Beginners Guides: Securing A Wireless Network

Beginners Guides: Securing A Wireless Network - PCSTATS
Abstract: Modern wireless networking products are inexpensive, simple to set up and very convenient. They are also full of holes... security holes, that is.
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Jul 30 2007   Mike Dowler  
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Using Zonealarm

Zonealarm, available here from Zone Lab's website, is a free personal firewall. As mentioned, it has some advantages over the built-in XP firewall, mainly because of its ability to block traffic from inside the computer. To find out why this is a good thing, see PCSTATS' Spyware Protection and Removal Guide. Zonealarm is also rather over enthusiastic about informing you of every single attempt to access your computer from the inside or the outside.

This default behavior provides you with the maximum of control, and can be rather interesting if you'd like to know just how many times per minute your computer is contacted by other systems on the internet, but can be equally distracting if you are trying to get work done.

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To disable these pop-up alerts once you have downloaded and installed ZoneAlarm, go to the 'alerts and logs' tab and set the 'alert events shown' option to 'off'. Attempts to access your computer from outside will no longer register on screen, though you will still be protected. Zone-alarm will prompt you for permission each time a program on your computer attempts to access the Internet.

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To configure this for minimal annoyance, set programs that you will use often to the 'yes' permission and check the 'remember this answer the next time I use this program' check box. You will no longer be prompted for that particular program every single instance.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Securing A Wireless Network
 Pg 2.  Network Security vs. Wireless Security
 Pg 3.  Finding Intruders on a Network
 Pg 4.  Checking Ports and Workgroups
 Pg 5.  Checking Router Logs
 Pg 6.  Managing Network Shares
 Pg 7.  Personal Firewalls
 Pg 8.  — Using Zonealarm
 Pg 9.  Securing a Router and Wireless Connection
 Pg 10.  More Steps to Securing a WLAN
 Pg 11.  Disabling DHCP on a WAP
 Pg 12.  Wireless Protected Access: WEP Improved

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