Bitdefender Home Scanner – A free tool that scans your Wi-Fi network, maps devices and identifies and highlights network security flaws…

July 13, 2017

With all of the wireless devices in our daily lives we often forget about them, how many, the potential security risks, etc… Bitdefender is taking an approach to help make our wi-fi world safe by offering a free tool that scans your Wi-Fi network, maps devices and identifies and highlights network security flaws … After you download, install and run Bitdefender Home Scanner you will be prompted to set up a Bitdefender account (which is free). If you need more information about this tool, prior to installing, CLICK HERE to see the User Guide…

Bitdefender Home Scanner is able to detect any wireless device that is turned on and connected to your home network. Wireless devices can either be smart home devices such as baby monitors, WiFi cameras, games consoles, smart TVs, but also Windows, Macs, iOS and Android-based devices.

SOURCE: Bitdefender Home Scanner


Discover All Devices Connected To Your Wi-Fi Network With The Android App Called Fing

November 7, 2014

If you are looking for a simple way to see all the devices on your wi-fi (local area network) and to determine who, what, when, where, how and why they connected; then, you need to take a look at Fing.

Fing is an Android App network utility designed to specifically perform a wi-fi network analysis by scanning the network that you are connected to discover what devices are (or were) connected to the network. Fing is especially useful when you need to evaluate security levels, detect intruders and resolve network issues.

Fing - Network Tools

Fing is a fully functional (feature rich) network utility:

+ Discovers all devices connected to a Wi-Fi network. Unlimited devices and unlimited networks, for free!

+ Displays MAC Address and device manufacturer.

+ Enter your own names, icons, notes and location

+ Full search by IP, MAC, Name, Vendor and Notes

+ History of all discovered networks.

+ Share via Twitter, Facebook, Message and E-mail

+ Service Scan: Find hundreds of open ports in a few seconds.

+ Wake On LAN: Switch on your devices from your mobile or tablet!

+ Ping and traceroute: Understand your network performances.

+ Automatic DNS lookup and reverse lookup

+ Checks the availability of Internet connection

+ Works also with hosts outside your local network

+ Tracks when a device has gone online or offline

+ Launch Apps for specific ports, such as Browser, SSH, FTP

+ Displays NetBIOS names and properties

+ Displays Bonjour info and properties

+ Supports identification by IP address for bridged networks

+ Sort by IP, MAC, Name, Vendor, State, Last Change.

+ Free of charge, no banner Ads

+ Available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with retina and standard displays.

+ Integrates with Fingbox to sync and backup your customizations, merge networks with multiple access points, monitor remote networks via Fingbox Sentinels, get notifications of changes, and much more.

+ Fing is available on several other platforms, including Windows, OS X and Linux. Check them out!


I Need A Hacker -The Importance of Securing Your Wi-Fi Connection

July 20, 2011

Hacker Wanted

I Need a Hacker…

This is actually a request that was published on Craigslist today, in my region, under the “Computer Services” category…

Here is exactly, word-for-word, with typos and everything, the service this nut was publicly requesting:

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I Need A Hacker

I need someone who can come to my apt, unlock one of my neibors wifi connections and give me the password so i can mooch off of it. two of the signals are wep type wivh i hear is simple to unlock if you know how. i dont have the skill or expertise but will pay you to come do it.

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What was ironic about finding this real world post at Craigslist is that I had just read an article at How To Geek titled, How To Secure Your Wi-Fi Network Against Intrusion.  In that article the following statements jumped out at me:

“In a perfect world you could leave your Wi-Fi networks wide open to share with any passing Wi-Fi starved travelers who desperately needed to check their email or lightly use your network. In reality leaving your Wi-Fi network open create unnecessary vulnerability wherein non-malicious users can sponge up lots of our bandwidth inadvertently and malicious users can pirate using our IP as cover, probe your network and potentially get access to your personal files, or even worse. What does even worse look like?  In the case of Matt Kostolnikit looks like a year of hell as your crazy neighbor, via your hacked Wi-Fi network, uploads child pornography in your name using your IP address and sends death threats to the Vice President of the United States.”.

The point here is this, the Craiglist posting I have reflected demonstrates how imperfect this world truly is. If you are using Wi-Fi, then lock it down. 

Here are some good reads on wireless networking security:

What’s On My PC: Protecting your wireless network…

Many of today’s wireless routers have the capability to reach great distances outside the walls of the home, which allows outside intruders to easily connect to your network/router. [READ MORE]

Paul’s Home Computing Blog: Wireless Networks: Is Yours Secure?

For those of you who have wireless networks in your home: here’s some bad news. Half of them are vulnerable to be hacked…in 5 seconds! So states an article in NetworkWorld. But take heart in the fact that it’s not difficult to secure your home wireless network. – [READ MORE]

TTC Shelbyville: One in four wireless networks are still unsecure

Home users are still setting up their wireless wrong by not providing a WPA2 (AES) form of encryption.  Approximately 23% of home users still have open internet that neighbors or anyone passing by can use.   (22 million are secure and 9 million remain unsecure!) [READ MORE]

Tech-for Everyone: How to secure your wireless network

This is a simple process, and once you have completed the steps only the people who know the password you set (namely, you!) can use your Internet connection. Not only will this prevent freeloaders from surfing the Web on your dime (stealing your bandwidth), but because encryption scrambles the data, it will prevent hackers from reading the ‘packets’ your computer transmits (ie, “reading your mail”), and prevent them from easily accessing the computers on your home network. [READ MORE]

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts: Your Electric Wiring Is A Wi-Fi Network Alternative

Power Line Communications (PLC) is a technology that uses the electrical wiring in your home, or your office, to provide network and Internet communication between attached devices, including computers, digital media devices such as a Tivo/Slingbox, and gaming consoles like the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or Nintendo Wii. [READ MORE]

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