Wireless Security SSID Broadcast

Wireless security
Hi Guys, If I opt to hide and don't broadcast my SSID, so is it necessary for me or anyone who wants to use my Wi fi network to type the SSID or he can directly connect without typing the SSID name.? Can anybody advice or help.

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If you want to hide the SSID, the computers that will connect to your WiFi will need to know what the name of your SSID is, and please do not confuse hiding your SSID as an authentication or security measure, the name of your network can be sniffed out very easily, even Windows can, most of the times, find hidden networks.
I also agree with JennyMack post that all it will end up doing is degrading the performance of your WLAN.

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  • JennyMack
    Hi Rahul, I just came across a blog entry in "Overheard in the Tech Blogosphere" that addresses hiding SSID's -- it may actually not prove to be as worthwhile as it sounds: "Many people (including myself) have tried to “hide” SSID as a security measure. Unfortunately, efforts to hide SSID ultimately fail and degrade overall WLAN performance." Link to blog post here: https://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/overheard/overheard-forget-hiding-your-ssid-pay-attention-to-what-you-name-it
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  • brentmossberger
    I'd be interested to know how to sniff out "hidden" SSID's using windows or linux. I was aware that this was possible and have avoided doing it even in the distant past as an obvious security hole, but I am curious as to how to accomplish it. Yours, Brent Mossberger
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  • Rahul Shrivastava
    Hey all, I have cracked the WEP keys on a wireless router and will try and crack the WPA and WPA2 encryption keys. Can anybody help on how to go about doing this? Thanks and regards.
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  • AlexVinson
    Brent, I believe the utility Cain & Abel will allow you sniff hidden wireless networks. http://www.sysadminwiki.net/wiki/index.php?title=Cain_%26_Abel It's available for download here: http://majorgeeks.com/Cain_&_Abel_d5062.html
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