Message Edited by Baric on 07-22-2006 10:41 PM
Helpmep, please be more careful with your abbreviations. "MAC" means Media Access Control, and mostly comes up when referring to MAC addresses -- the 12-hex-digit addresses used by Ethernet and 802.11 wireless networks. The short name for Apple Macintosh is "Mac". While it's normally not hard to tell which one someone means from context, this is a networking forum so everyone is going to assume MAC refers to the first definition.
I don't know why so many people like to abbreviate Macintosh as "MAC" -- it's not an acronym, it's just the first syllable of the word.
Message Edited by Barmar on 07-24-2006 11:29 AM
I'd like to offer a slightly different point of view for a moment. While I understand the need for security, and the desire to protect one's network, it can be argued that not every person needs all the high-security settings done all the time.
For instance, in my own network, I've implemented maybe only 3/4 of the changes recommended here, because maintaining things like MAC filtering and using WPA just aren't practical (a few of my older devices don't understand WPA). The plus is that the topology of my property allows me some wiggle room with regard to wireless. I live in a neighborhood where homes aren't right on top of each other, and I have my router set fairly low (on the first floor), so I don't think I get a huge amount of transmission beyond my property border. For someone to get into my network, they would have to park relatively close to my house, and they would have to take a few minutes to break in...and by then, I'd probably notice them sitting there.
Anyway, my point is that while all the points given in this thread are good, there are a lot of things to consider, and sometimes it's possible to take the "good enough" approach without having to implement every last suggestion.