Wireless network security

  Koochy 22:40 10 Oct 2006

Hi all,
Just wondering if anybody can help me with a couple of questions.
A) I have a wireless network set up now and i use the wpa security security feature but can you tell me if this is the same as a firewall or am i barking up the wrong tree? but if this is a firewall does this then meen that by having zone alarm free installed this may cause a conflict.

And B) Are there any sites out there that can safely test your firewall for you?

O.S. XP SP2 with all update
Zone alarm free
AVG free



  Ashrich 23:26 10 Oct 2006

A firewall makes a program ask if it can access either the Internet or your other computer files / operating system so you can either give it permission or not , this works in both directions , whereas WPA wireless encryption secures the link between your wireless router and the computer accessing the router and its connection to the internet , so keep using your firewall , it won't cause a conflict .


  Ashrich 23:29 10 Oct 2006

click here to test your firewall .


  Koochy 00:03 11 Oct 2006

Thanks for that Ashrich i have a true stealth rating wich i am very happy with.


  Danoh 00:34 11 Oct 2006

f your query is resolved, please tick the Resolved box?

  Koochy 14:02 11 Oct 2006

Danoh thanks for your concern but i was under the impression tht this is a forum in which discusions may take place and i have left it open for now to see if anybody else has any input. So thanks again and i will mark resolved in a couple of days if no further input.


  Strawballs 14:16 11 Oct 2006
  Koochy 15:09 11 Oct 2006

Strawballs your link doesn't work


  Strawballs 16:18 11 Oct 2006

click here sorry try this

  irishrapter 19:32 11 Oct 2006

Good job of setting up WPA encryption, dont forget that your encryption is only as good as the passphrase used.
If you have used a word that is in the dictionary then your WPA encrytpion is breakable.
Try using a 63 character random password from here click here.

  Koochy 20:33 11 Oct 2006

Good site irishraptor thanks for that.


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