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Guard your Wi-Fi for your own sake


Recently I ran into the Internet connection problem from hell. My 6Mbps down/512Kbps AT&T DSL connection started running at speeds I hadn’t seen since my dial-up modem days. When you do what I do for a living, trying to work with an Internet connection as slow as that is like trying to run a marathon while having an asthma attack.

It turns out I’d run into a perfect storm of multiple problems, but one of those problems surprised me. My network was enduring a SYN attack… from a neighbor’s malware-infected Windows PC. I was getting hit because they were, sometimes, using my open Wi-Fi AP (Access Point) to connect to the Internet.

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