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Old 06-27-2006, 05:23 PM
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Default possible to spy on other wireless users in your household?

Hiya - This is probably a silly question but im wondering if the computer that a wireless network is set up on can be used to monitor the websites of other people in the household who share that wireless connection.

I am renting a room from someone who has a wireless network in the house so I use my laptop to connect to that so Im wondering if the owner of the PC at which the network is set up can simply use the router software to read my e-mails or see what sites I visit.

its Linksys that they use.

Thanks for any help.

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Old 06-27-2006, 08:56 PM
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Yes, it's possible to sniff the traffic going on the network, things like http and pop3/smtp (email) are usually unencrypted and easy to listen out for. Email passwords are sent in plain text over the network, so if someone were to be listening out for them, they could then login to your email.

This isn't just limited to wireless networks, you can usually do this on any network (depending on the setup.)
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Old 06-27-2006, 09:37 PM
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But can this be done with the software that a cable router or wireless setup comes with?

Or would you have to get certian software or be more skilled then the average computer user to do this?

These people are not pros, and I have the option of getting my own cable modem (It appears you can have more then one cable modem account in one household but I would have to pay for it and then it would be my own service and would be totally private)

I guess the question I am asking is - how easy is it to "sniff" what I am doing on the internet if someone else is in control of the main PC that the wireless network I am using is hooked up to? Does the Linksys or router software come with this capibility or is it more difficult to do it?
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Old 06-27-2006, 09:49 PM
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Those low-cost SOHO routers don't have any software to do this, the person invloved would have to specifically download and install software on their PC to monitor traffic. So while it is easily possible, it will be beyond the knowledge of the average household user.

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