Are there 'any' security (privacy) issues with an AP near yourhouse?

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Martin C., Mar 31, 2012.

  1. Martin C.

    Martin C. Guest

    My neighbor yesterday was approached by a WISP who asked to put a 2.4Ghz
    802.11n access point very close to my property, pointed over my property.

    I have no qualms about what they do - but that got me thinking.

    QUESTION: If you have an access point very nearby ... does that allow
    them to 'see' your signals more easily?

    That is, does that allow them to 'spy' on your activity, even though you
    are not connected to their access point?
     
    Martin C., Mar 31, 2012
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  2. Martin C.

    Martin C. Guest

    Would that work this way?

    a) They log into their radio which is attached to their antenna.
    b) They lock onto any packets associated with your MAC address
    c) They store those packets and analyze later ...
     
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  3. Martin C.

    miso Guest

    There isn't much to analyze if you are using https and ssl for email.
    But every person has the same problem. I would assume the WISP wants to
    make money. The real problem is hackers. I suppose they can look at IP
    addresses and check your porn activity or whatever.

    I think everyone should have a copy of kismet and wireshark, and just
    look at their own wifi from time to time, certainly when you get new gear.

    I would assume the WISP is going to blast to smithereens whatever
    frequency(or plural) they use, so you may get more interference. That
    would be what annoys me.
     
    miso, Apr 1, 2012
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  4. Martin C.

    DevilsPGD Guest

    Assuming we're not talking about hiding from one's own ISP, all of this
    can be avoided by using security at the network layer. WPA2 with a
    strong key seems to be sufficient these days, although the paranoid
    among us will tunnel everything through a VPN within the WPA2
    connection.
     
    DevilsPGD, Apr 1, 2012
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  5. Martin C.

    Martin C. Guest

    I haven't used VPN yet.

    Would that require an add on?
     
    Martin C., Apr 3, 2012
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  6. Martin C.

    DevilsPGD Guest

    That depends on the type of VPN, and your router/firewall/network
    capabilities. I used to just use PPTP because it's built-in with
    Windows.

    Today I'm using OpenVPN which is a third party software package because
    it's a ton more flexible and I need multiple VPN connections open (one
    to my internal network, one to work) and it's easier to work out the
    routing weirdness.

    Not all routers can act as VPN endpoints though, but if you're paranoid
    about WPA2, you'll take this into account on the next one you buy/build.
     
    DevilsPGD, Apr 3, 2012
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