For the most part, I tend to take articles like this with a grain of salt. Sure, they mean well and are simply expressing one idea or another. Unfortunately with new laws coming into play all of the time, you really can’t be sure what is going to be legal one moment and not the next. Articles like this can be dangerous to people who do not understand that that legal advice is not being handed out. Think this never happens? Well let’s just say that you’d be surprised!
Regardless of what you may hear from others, the entertainment industry will generally hold you responsible if any music sharing is taking place on your network; wireless or otherwise. So hearing about a possible defense just doesn’t fill me with much confidence.
Look, you best defense is to lock things down. First and foremost, lock down things by MAC address. And if you really feel like bothering, you can always try WPA encryption. If you are using a WEP enabled router however, you are better off just disabling that and using the MAC filtering and maybe even stop broadcasting your SSID. WEP’s a joke and any determined kid can bypass it pretty easily with the proper tools.
Coming back full circle to the filtering concept, I did stumble upon this software called Wi-Fi Defense. While I have not tried this out yet myself, it does look promising for the home wireless users looking to gain better control over their wireless network.
Have you tried this out for yourself? If so, does it perform as expected or is it not offering what you need? Once again, I would really be interested in knowing. If enough responses come in, I may set aside some time for a full review of the software. If you are willing, try it out and share your thoughts on it. I’d be interested in hearing your feelings on the matter.