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New Internet connection with optical cable

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I have a new Internet connection with optical fiber cable and I’m just amazed about the speed! I just uploaded 20 pictures all together 38MB in just 15 seconds! I got it from Siol. I must add I have a WLAN open, so anyone can join. I fancy the idea of free Internet and I’ll named my WLAN connection Osvobojeno ozemlje (liberated land), so if you need a Intenet signal, just drop by at playground in front of Mestne njive apartment block.

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Written by Borut Peterlin

11 October, 2008 at 13:25

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  1. I hope you are aware that opening WLAN (or heck, even having a “secure” one) is highly problamatic due to potential hacker attacks. I really hope you don’t have anything important stored on your internal network…

    Miha

    11 October, 2008 at 15:01

  2. Not necessarily true. As Bruce Schneider, known computer security ‘guru’ says:

    “I have a completely open Wi-Fi network,” Schneier told ZDNet UK. “Firstly, I don’t care if my neighbors are using my network. Secondly, I’ve protected my computers. Thirdly, it’s polite. When people come over they can use it.”

    (from: http://news.cnet.com/2100-1029_3-6088741.html)

    Having an independent firewall on each computer on the network should be more than enough to keep people away from anything importaint stored on the internal network. Yes, people could intercept traffic on the network (say if Borut copies some photos via the network from one computer to another), but there are not many people who know how to do this. And most of those who do (myself included) have no reason to do this, first it’s obviously illegal, second the skills of these people are better put to use elsewhere (what I’m saying is that it’s not hard to find more useful and potentialy more valuable things to do). The only ones I could think of who would try something like this are so-called ‘script kiddies’ who might get a kick from stealing one or two photos and then get bored.

    So, Borut, I commend your decision and fully support it, even if I’m almost never in Novo Mesto to begin with 🙂

    JureF

    11 October, 2008 at 15:30

  3. Cool!
    Free Internet, then Tibet!
    Jure I might ask few more security questions, but not publicly 🙂
    Like if I visit some secret sites, lets call them with a secret code name XXX sites, can my neighbor find out that I prefer MILF then barely legal sites?
    thank you,
    B5

    Borut Peterlin

    11 October, 2008 at 16:32

  4. Sniffing pictures … so what. More important is one can sniff passwords. Any unencrypted traffic over Wi-Fi can easily be intercepted and passwords stolen. I used to do this for living for many years (InfoSec that is). If you plan to offer public service look into ways you can provide unencrypted public network and encrypt private one (just use good WiFi encryption).

    Enjoy your high speed!

    I am off to the airport for my 5 hr flight.

    Iztok

    11 October, 2008 at 17:16

  5. It goes way beyond sniffing. Borut, are you doing any business over the internet? e-banking? Selling picture? Do you have some sort of business account (i.e. PayPal)? What if, somebody gets in control of your router and redirects all traffic to everywhere he/she wants? It is even possible without opening your WLAN.
    The question is, do you guys lock your car doors and why?

    Miha

    11 October, 2008 at 20:11

  6. Things like e-banking use secure transfers (TLS), their weakest links are usually the end users (or the people who work at the bank itself), I wouldn’t worry about it. The same goes for things like gmail. If someone has the ability to hack TLS then hacking a ‘secured’ WLAN is easy. Hacking WEP is easy, and WPA isn’t all that hard either.

    One problem are passwords for applications such as MSN Chat (last I heard that sent passwords in plaintext). If you used the same password for say IRC and your email, things might be a bit more iffy.

    Borut, I serously doubt you have a neighbor that could find out you prefer MILF to barely legal 🙂 In theory, yes, they could, but I have trouble imagining why the hell someone would want to. Serously, who cares about my boring interests and porn preferences? Anyone sitting at the next table at a bar can hear those, and they probably wish they hadn’t.

    What Iztok mentioned though is a bit more important, that you change the administrator password on your router to something that isn’t the default. Even better is if you can configure your router so that it can’t be configured via the WLAN but only from a computer that is physically connected to it. I think this is the default setting for most routers.

    JureF

    11 October, 2008 at 21:33

  7. Great!!!
    I’ll do just that. Thank you so much everybody that left their remark on this issue.
    B5

    Borut Peterlin

    11 October, 2008 at 22:04

  8. Today I received a phone call from my colleague from http://www.eposavje.com/ Blaž Šunta. He was working in Črnomelj, but he didn’t found any wlan connection, but he read this post, so he drop by to Mestne njive and send his images in front of flat. I was not around, but still satisfied I could help.
    Free Internet, then Kosova!

    Borut Peterlin

    12 October, 2008 at 20:15

  9. Tnx for help, but after 10minutes of searching for free Kosova, even at “Osvobojeno ozemlje” i was a bit nervous, so the best choice was to drive over speed limit to home connection…

    Kljub vsemu hvala za pomoč. V teh dneh očitno še vedno služijo mobilni operaterji z pcmcia internetom..

    Razmišljam pa, da bi izpeljal neke vrste pobudo, da bi javne hiše (občine, knjižnice, taki in drugačni domovi) imeli odprt/varen (lahko tudi zaprt, a pod znanim geslom) WLAN. Tako bi (v teh časih normalen) človek vsaj vedel kam gre lahko sedet pod kap.
    Free Kosova!

    Blaž

    13 October, 2008 at 06:47

  10. I keep in mind a few locations in Ljubljana with accessible WLAN – my favourite is Metropol bar on Kersnikova Ulica, I think the coffiee is cheap when you get ‘net access as well.

    See, your WLAN is more than safe enough, people can’t even find it 😉

    jure

    13 October, 2008 at 07:53

  11. Yes open wlan connection can be a problem…

    I know for one case in Novo mesto.

    Someone wrote on novomesto.org forum “500€ za glavo silva mesojedca” (500€ for a head of Silvo Mesojedec), and then police came to this man who had open Wlan and seize all computers that he owned for an investigation for few months…

    When this case come to court, judge had drop the case, because he had open wlan connection, but he was without computers for few months…

    I would consider if “free internet” is worth of a hassle with police and court…

    Best regards,

    Peter

    Peter

    13 October, 2008 at 08:12


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