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Windows 7: Moved into Dorms want to protect computer

21 Sep 2009   #21
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

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Remember to set the MAC addresses of your computers in the router so that they are the only ones that can connect, and set the SSID to no broadcast.
This works for the average person, but is a speed bump for others. MAC addresses can be spoofed and SSIDs are visible to tools like Kismet, etc. I prefer good old WPA2 with a strong key.
I suspect that Lordbob will set that, and memorize the key...
That is in addition to the WPA key of course.....

Make it nice and long, like mine. 30+ characters ftw!

~Lordbob


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21 Sep 2009   #22
gamepro127

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Pc tools fieewall free is easy to use and scored higher than Comodo in some recent test. Eset is my favorite antivirus but It cost money get avira if you want a good free antivirus.
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21 Sep 2009   #23
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

The real attacks on a LAN are going to come from the network side of things. So the biggest thing to do is always have your Firewall enabled. Whether it be Windows firewall or some other third-party one. Antivirus is fine too but that's more related to stopping internet or e-mail based hacks.

Try to use secure links (https://) and e-mail (SSL) whenever you can. Because most systems and routers cannot protect you from a man-in-the-middle attack, where someone on the university LAN could hijack the connection between your computer (or router) and the gateway router. Then they can steal your passwords if you don't use secure links (a.k.a. encryption).
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22 Sep 2009   #24
TheSchaft

Windows 7 x64 HP, Windows 7 HP, Windows 7 Ult
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
The real attacks on a LAN are going to come from the network side of things. So the biggest thing to do is always have your Firewall enabled. Whether it be Windows firewall or some other third-party one. Antivirus is fine too but that's more related to stopping internet or e-mail based hacks.

Try to use secure links (https://) and e-mail (SSL) whenever you can. Because most systems and routers cannot protect you from a man-in-the-middle attack, where someone on the university LAN could hijack the connection between your computer (or router) and the gateway router. Then they can steal your passwords if you don't use secure links (a.k.a. encryption).
All good advice. Think like your room mate will If you were going to try to hack his systems, what weaknesses would you look for?

One thing you should do is check to see what sort of protection the school offers, and what type of connection you are looking at - is it a simple campus LAN or is it a WAN that is segmented? How do they secure it? Can you even use your own router to connect? See what you can find out before you spend a lot of money.
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