Slow or No Internet?

Many of us have had this happen before, our favorite sites horribly slow, or internet isn’t running at all. There’s actually a small chance it’s your neighbors causing the issues. How so? Well they could have guessed your password to your network, and now they’re browsing multiple sites and downloading multiple things. Well it’s time to fix that!

To start out, you will need to find the web-page for your router. Linksys by default is, for all others you can visit your router manufactures website. A login and password will be required to log into the page, which can be found at their website. After you’ve logged in your greeted with a series of tabs with settings.

I would recommend changing your SSID if its set as default. Having a default SSID can actually speed up the time it takes to break your encryption, because of precomputed tables that are widely available all over the internet.

Get rid of WEP encryption for your wireless network, it’s a broken algorithm and can be bypassed in less than 30 minutes. Instead use WPA or WPA 2 encryption it offers superior protection against would be Wifi thieves. Make sure to use a strong password, often people use the minimum required 8 characters. I urge you to include capitalization, numbers, and special characters ex. &&SecretPassword1&& by using a complicated password like this, you have dramatically increased the time to brute force your password.

Often times people would recommend turning on MAC address filtering, but I have often found this to be pointless advice, it’s relatively easy to fake a MAC address.

A recently broken feature of routers has been the WPS(Wi-Fi Protected Setup ) feature. This setting should be turned off on your router. It was used for quickly connecting devices to your network using a 8 digit pin. It was discovered to be very easy to break into a router from this feature, and an attacker would be able to access your full network.

Thats all for today! Secure your network!

RIP Internet 2012?

Official negotiations for the Internet destroying ACTA┬átreaty started taking place in June of 2008. So far it has the signatures of The United States, the European Union and 22 Member States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea. Opponents of the treaty have argued that it will restrict fundamental civil and digital rights, including freedom of expression and communication privacy. The treaty will have three primary components; international cooperation, enforcement practices and legal framework for enforcement of intellectual property rights. The bill will require Internet Service Providers to no longer host free software that can access copyrighted media, in addition DRM protected media would not be legally playable on free or open source software. It removes the legal safeguards that protect ISP’s liability for the actions of their subscribers, giving them no other option but to comply with the bill.

The free software foundation argues that the treaty would create a culture of surveillance and suspicion. There would no longer be freedom to create free software, which sparks creative, innovative and exciting possibilities. The limited access to the treaty to the public has raised concerns, and several organizations have tried to use the Freedom of Information Act to obtain information regarding the bill. They are responded with the title of the treaty, with all content blacked out after that. The first public draft was finally released in 2010:

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