On a side note, I am loving this "Hacker Talk" because it's all so new to me. (Haven't gotten a damn thing done during the last two days, but am enjoying these conversations!!)
chrisj wrote:Tom I think you're mis-understanding the point of the SSID and Password on the Jetpack.
A computer uses a user name and password to protect your data. Putting those in tells the COMPUTER that YOU as the user is authorized to use the computer (the user name) and the password authenticates that it really is you.
On a Jetpack: The SSID is the name of the network that you tell your computer to connect to for internet access. The Password on that, tells the network that you are authorized and to authenticate you. You need the device to display the password or else you can not tell it you are Authorized by presenting the authentication key.
Hang on a second...
I understand that the SSID uniquely identifies my soon to be JetPack. And that since the JetPack would be a "secure" hotspot, that it doesn't really matter if someone knows it exists. (As opposed to a SSID for an unprotected wireless hotspot, say at home.)
However, if I may be so bold, I don't follow your comment on the Passcode...
My understanding - never having used any of this stuff before - but based on other conversations, and reading the Verizon manual from above - is that your Passcode is the "keys to the kingdom"!!
If you get my Passcode, then you have a way to access my JetPack.
I know from the Manual that there is a way to hide the SSID and Passcode on the JetPack itself, so if someone walked by and started playing with it, they couldn't change my settings or use the Passcode to log into my JetPack.
You said, "You need the device to display the password or else you can not tell it you are Authorized by presenting the authentication key."
But I'm not following that. My understanding is that the way you log in to the Jet Pack is to open your browser, go to 192.168.1.1, select your SSID, and then type in your Passcode into the web form on the web page that came up when you accessed 192.168.1.1 from your browser. (At no time are you needing to see the SSID or Passcode on the physical JetPack itself. And at no time are you doing anything on the JetPack itself. Everything is happening in your browser on your computer. That is how I understand how things work.)
Also, from what others have said, IF someone did get your Passcode and jump onto your JetPack, they would be able to Side-Jack
you?! (This should be easy to verify on a "hacking" website...)
And if they "Side-Jacked" you, then all kinds of bad things could happen! (Things that I am trying to avoid by getting a secured connection to the Internet via my own JetPack. Right?
The Jetpack is roughly the size of a really thick wallet. So not anyone should be able to walk up to it, and see the screen.
But that would be my fear - if I don't take your advice - and go to the bathroom.
Hacker Harry sees me leave my table at McDonalds, taps the JetPack, memorizes the SSID and Passcode, goes back to his table and laptop, types those in, and BINGO, he is now on my JetPack waiting for me to return so he can "Side-Jack" me?!
The physical security side. Having done remotes at events, with computers, mixing boards, and all the other fancy stuff for OVER THE AIR FM RADIO Broadcasts. If you're going out as a one man operation, you're doing it wrong. In those cases your partner in the broadcast should be "trusted" enough to maintain the system so you don't have to pack up.
If you're broadcasting solo, get a partner.
You misunderstand what I'm doing.
When I am working away from home, which as an IT Contractor is almost always, I often find a McDonalds (or whatever), spend $1 on coffee, and then camp out for the day doing work and what-not. (I often camp out for 6, 8, 12 hours so I'm gonna have to pee!!!)
On weekends, I often listen to radio shows (e.g. "House of Hair with Dee Snyder") and I record them and later edit them and save them as MP3s so I have a permanent copy.
It may sound funny, but this is one of my "religions", and there is no way I am shutting down my laptop and missing part of the show to pee!! (Even worse, so I'm listening to Casey Kasem's AT40 countdown. I'm not skipping #9 through #6 so I can pee or get more coffee.)
It's a silly thing to most, but I am a bigtime audiophile, and my music recording is important to me.
(BTW, what is "ENCRYPTED.google.com" ?)
Work on shrinking your rig. You shouldn't have to set up more than a laptop and a headset. Everything else once on, unless using a mixer, should go back in to the bag, next to your feet, or better yet between your feet.
I know your are ultimately right on this, but sometimes life is a compromise... (I guess you just found one of my "weaknesses"...)
Silly question, but is there some way to make it so when I close the lid on my MacBook it doesn't go to sleep and kill my app recording my radio show?
Is there also a way to not lose my Internet connection?
If I could close my laptop and not have it disrupt my recording app or Internet connection, THEN I wouldn't mind taking it for a walk to the bathroom, if you follow me?!