How Can I Run An Open Access Point Without Jeopardizing My Computer's Security?
November 21, 2005 4:07 PM Subscribe
I owe a great debt of gratitude to all the noobs in my neighbourhood who keep open, unsecured wireless networks. It's because of them that we can blog from the laundromat, blog from the waterfront park, blog from... well, you get the idea. How can I make my network 'open' to others without compromising the security of my computers?
posted by optimuscrime to computers & internet (35 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've heard a million times that unsecured open wifi networks are asking for trouble. But my ISP doesn't cap my bandwidth usage, and I want to share my signal. I love that the student area I live in is dotted with so many wireless networks as to make access almost pervasive.
So, is there a way to offer an open access point that doesn't put the computers on my network at risk? Some caveats: I don't want to have to spend much on additional hardware (I have one wifi router), I don't really want to have to run a machine 24/7 to act as a server, and the solution's gotta be easy enough for a relative idiot (ie me) to figure out.