For Network Magic 3.0 we implemented the ability to lock a wireless network. We call this feature "Wireless Protection".
There are three common ways to secure a wireless network using the most common infrastructure available today. Deciding which one to base our initial security approach on met a lot of debate here at Network Magic. There are usually two camps in the debate – the security purists and the user advocates.
I’m more in the latter camp. I care about security as much as it :
a) provides reasonable defense against my most likely threat and
b) is easy for me to implement.
We’ve all heard the "IT policy" horror-stories. Where the IT department decided to crack down on strong passwords:
"Your password must be 10 digits or longer, contain a mix of upper and lowercase, contain several numbers and at least one punctuation character. Oh – and you have to change it once a month, and you can’t pick from the last 9 passwords that you’ve used."
Bomb proof. Secure, right? Not really, it’s so unusable from a user-point of view that people have to write their passwords down on sticky notes in front of their workstation to remember them all. Great technical solution, flawed execution.
So let's look at each of the 3 main ways and hear the debate… then I’ll tell you what we did and why we did it.
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