[iBook] WiFi security on iBook?

Jack baron58 at sbcglobal.net
Thu Oct 26 08:11:05 PDT 2006

Laura Bruce wrote:
> Interesting show on BBC3 last night exposed the vulnerablity
> of computers due to their wireless internet signals. They drove a van
> up outside a house, and picked up everything from the guy's ebay
> purchases to his confirmation of a holiday booked online -- showing
> exactly when the house would be vacant!
> How vulnerable are G4 iBooks? I am running OS X 10.3.9, but wonder if
> regular software updates have been sufficient to protect my computer.
> My network does not require a password, and file sharing is turned off. 


That you have an open network is surprising. I recently made my Apple 
Airport wireless network 100 times less vulnerable by increasing the 
password complexity. It is easy to establish that first line of defense, 
and I encourage you to do so. Experts here can explain to you the 
additional security features of your Mac, but why not use all of them, 
beginning with a password-protected network?

I see no reason why an iBook would be more or less vulnerable than any 
other model, but perhaps others will enlighten us both on that score.


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