Wireless Broadband Protection Advice

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by TheMozart, Nov 3, 2010.

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  1. TheMozart

    TheMozart Former Poster

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    I just bought a Wireless Broadband Internet Connection, which uses a Huawei K3765 USB modem to get internet.

    Is this wireless connection to my ISP tower insecure? Do I need a specially featured Firewall to protect someone hacking or piggybacking my connection?

    Or are these Huawei K3765 USB modems secure like a mobile phone connecting to the tower?
     
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    I am also waiting for reply...
     
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    I think mine is the same w/ yours. As I am still using xp. so I just still rely system hardening like safe xp, harden IT and also using GeSWall...of course a reliable antivirus like NOD32 or Avast. My firewall was on, always.

    Still searching for protectors.
     
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    You could use a router or hardware firewall designed to work with a 3g usb modem. Rather than at the computer, security layer is between computer and internet.

    Microtik makes router boards for beginning around $100-$150 + enclosure $20 that support 3g usb. Comes with their RouterOS or you can use your own like DD-WRT.

    SonicWall hardware firewalls, and those like them, support 3g usb modems at about $500.

    A cheap computer (could be free) running something like IPCop, Endian, Astaro or the like (mostly free).
     
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    Hhhmmnn...Happy New Year to All!!!

    Any more additions, tested wi-fi protectors available software programs out there (better if free) you've know that we can install to protect pc using the wireless internet connection? :rolleyes: :cautious:
     
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    do not worry so much about Wireless, because if you have WPA2-AES then you are 100% secured!!! Because nobody has hacked the WPA2-AES yet !!:D
     
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    @Raven_X

    The wireless Mozart is using is not the traditional wifi from a router, but a cellular based connection device involving GSM/EVDO/3G/4G type.

    WiMaxx, using a wiMaxx USB modem or WiMaxx desktop modem, is a next gen wifi standard called 802.16, having its own encryption method/s.

    These standards do not use WEP/WPA/WPA2 from the 802.11 standard, but each standard does have its own encryption methods, GSM and EVDO are the weakest, GSM encryption has been cracked.

    Mozart's issue is similar to plugging his computer into a DSL or cable modem, a router and/or firewall is required to create a layer of protection, without which he is open to port scanning.
    I think it's better to separate the modem he is using with a physical device like a router or hardware firewall with a private IP address space. The problem is that most of the consumer router models don't support use with a 3G/WiMaxx USB modem.

    @Mozart

    A good discussion on hardware firewall solution (UTM type) prebuilt and build your own,
    [thread]283905[/thread]

    You'll have to check each individual website to see which ones support 3G/Wimaxx USB modems.

    Though many basic routers (Linksys, D-Link) come with a USB port they don't support using a 3G/WiMaxx USB modem, but check with manufacturers to be sure.
     
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