Maximizing wireless security

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Subject: Maximizing wireless security
Posted by:  Dan (no…
Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2008

I have a Netgear WGR614 v6 wireless router which I have recently begun to
use wirelessly for my wife's work laptop.  There is also a desktop connected
to the router via cat 6.  Both machines are running XP SP2 with all updates.
I have the router set as follows & want to be sure I'm doing all I can to
maximize security on the network:

- File sharing is OFF on both PC's
- Router setup password has been changed to 14 random characters
- Router updated with most recent firmware
- SSID set to 13 random characters
- SSID broadcast is OFF
- WPA-PSK activated w/10 random character passphrase (tried a longer
passphrase, but Windows Networking seemed to have trouble with it, kept
defaulting to a shorter phrase).  Key lifetime is the default 60 minutes.
- Access control is ON with the MAC addresses for the 2 PC's being the only
ones entered.

We live in a fairly remote suburban area, so I don't think the threat of
"wardriving" is what it might be in a more populated area, but I still want
to be sure I'm doing all I can in terms of security.