Category: Wireless

To broadcast a SSID or not to broadcast a SSID, that is the question

For some, wireless security and securing ones home network can mean a number of things. Some people feel that disabling the broadcast of their SSID gives them that extra layer of security. Depending on the context of the conversation at that time, I can somewhat see their perspective. From my standpoint, I will most of the time disagree with disabling SSID broadcasting. Mainly due to the commercial tools available that will decloak an SSID revealing it. My professional opinion is that everyone who does this is just trying to protect their network but it does intrigue me as to what is so important that they are trying to secure. With that said, the aforementioned could draw people to your network just to figure that out.

Everything we did in life has risks. So the risks here are 1) one can broadcast their SSID, blend in, and hope to not be attacked or 2) not broadcast and take the chance of someone not using any tools to identify cloaked networks.

Display Credentials For All Previous Wireless Networks Connected To

I was at a friend’s house and needed to connect my laptop to his network. My friend was reluctant to give me password to his network and decided to type it in himself. In his mind, he was just doing his part to provide some security to his home network, so I don’t blame him but it did spark my curiosity as to was there a way to pull the password. So I fired up PowerShell and began pegging away. The below code will return SSID and passwords for all systems the computer it is read from his connected to.
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