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Do you think wireless routers should have encryption by default?

France's citizens passwords were revealed because no encryption. Now they're blaming Google for doing what is easily done by anyone.

Should wireless routers require a password and not have a option for open Wi-Fi? The problem I could see with this is if one had no neighbors ect. But really what would it hurt to make encryption like WEP a standard?

asked Jun 25 '10 at 01:06

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edited Jun 25 '10 at 02:57

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My personal opinion: YES. My old AP (with only WEP available) got compromised several years ago, I always used WPA hard- and software since. Also I don´t like the idea of having anyone be able to easily read my network traffic, not only our friends from Google or those fancy black suits from NSA ;), but anyone who passes by my house.

In my country all users are forced to use encryption of some kind (WEP, WPA or VPN on an open network) by our supreme court to prevent to be taken responsible if someone hijacks your connection. WEP is considered highly deprecated by the court, WPA and/or VPN connections are preferred. Most routers/APs are sold here with WPA on by default with an initial password and the software forces you to choose a new keyphrase at the initialisation process.

The courts decision is quite new, but I have not found any open wifi network in my town since ;)

Why VPN? Used on some campus and company networks to have better access and data volume control. No need to register to any function on the intranet again.

answered Jun 26 '10 at 17:26

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great answer mate 123(123123 for the fill in to let me comment)

(Aug 21 '10 at 05:21) CiphersSon CiphersSon's gravatar image

Currently, it is faster to crack WEP encryption than it is to actually type in the WEP key (especially if you use a cracking app with a GUI :)

Wireless networks need WPA to be standard but there is a problem, it will cause more support calls. Many older devices do not support WPA, and some slightly less old devices will support WPA and WEP but only if WMM is disabled

Many companies use weak or no security by default to make things just word. Some very non tech people will not know that they even need a password. So to make things easier for them, the companies will just leave the network opened so when the user installs their router, then turns on their laptop and it auto connected to a open access point, everything just works.

But then it also opens them to problems. The account holder is responsible for the traffic on their network. In some cases, a sick jerk will connect to their network and download some child porn or other crap then the account holder will have their door busted in and all of their stuff taken by the police.

I am sure many of these companies will like to make the routers secure by default (it will be a selling point), but they cant really do it in a way that will make it as simple for the non tech user as an open wifi network would be.

answered Jun 25 '10 at 10:24

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I think a WEP key should be generated during the initial setup with a very obvious reminder to write it down as the user will need it in order to connect future devices wirelessly to the router.

I wish I had a nickel every time a friend/relative called and asked why their Internet was so slow. First I ask about the obvious.. virus definitions up to date, etc. Then I ask if they are on a wireless network.. if so.. I walk them through displaying who is currently connected. 9 out of 10 times there are several leechers using their connection for p2p file sharing.

This would definitely be a hit to the GeekSquad's monthly revenue for housecalls.. but, also take some of the technophopia out of the new user experience.

answered Jun 26 '10 at 01:04

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I like the idea of a WPA encryption key being generated, either automatically or by user input, being a part of any router setup. It only takes one time that your system is compromised to realize the importance of a secure network, no matter how isolated your network is.

(Jun 26 '10 at 06:30) bradto bradto's gravatar image

I think they should come with an encryption method enabled at purchase. Most people don't realizes that a wireless router can be protected via encryption. My solution is to allow the consumer to set a WPA2 encryption key when they purchase the router.

answered Jun 25 '10 at 11:01

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edited Jun 25 '10 at 11:02

Yeah, I agree with you. I think as soon as you plug the router in it will automatically forward all websites to the page to setup the passkey. But I also think there should be an open network option for public places.

answered Jun 25 '10 at 23:16

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Liam Quade

To be honest I don't use security on my network.... I know what you are thinking but I live about 2 miles from any condensed neighborhood There is nobody near my house that could even get on to my network. If you happen to drive by and connect it will only be for a few seconds and my lan is protected via hardware firewall, so.... Long story short, no I think the OEM's should leave it up to the user if they want security on their network.

answered Jun 26 '10 at 00:26

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If people are stupid enough not to password protect their networks, it's their own fault. Plus it allows me to piggyback off those same stupid people.

answered Jun 25 '10 at 01:10

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But lets think about that in a different way... my mom... your mom... say or some one you care about that just wants to get in touch with a loved one on facebook or oder a present for you on amazon. Would this not help the nontechy to help beater protect them?

(Jun 25 '10 at 02:51) CiphersSon CiphersSon's gravatar image

Well I don't know about your mom, but my mom wouldn't even use a wireless router unless I set it up for her (and of course I'd password protect it). She would just plug her computer directly into the Cable modem.

(Jun 26 '10 at 17:30) refrwfrwgrfd refrwfrwgrfd's gravatar image

I think it would be cool (and more secure) if, the first time you connected to the router via HTTP, it prompted you with a setup screen. You don't have to enter a password or set it up, but I think the ability to do it right there and then would increase the amount of secure networks.

answered Jun 25 '10 at 23:01

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Yes, Wireless should be encrypted by default. Security is a big issue with internet. A while back my internet was very slow, I wasn't sure what was wrong. I eventually found out that my neighbors were accidentally connecting to my internet because it had a stronger signal than their own home router. :P Now it is encrypted and all mine. :D

answered Jun 26 '10 at 07:39

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Yes. WPA2 should be applied to a router (out of the box)

answered Jun 26 '10 at 07:43

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