windows 7 wifi access point SSID broadcasting
Posted on 2012-09-17
I was reading Microsofts recommendations about broadcasting or not broadcasting the SSID for your access point. Microsoft recommends that you broadcast the SSID of the access point and one reason was that once the laptop is configured for access to the access point, the laptop will broadcast the SSID, so the theory goes, you SSID will be broadcast one way or another.
I thought about this and thought that maybe they are correct, because they are assuming that you check the "automatically connect" check box. But what if you don't automatically connect? Wouldn't that mean that your access point information wouldn't be broadcasted? If the laptop didn't remember the info about the access point, how could it be broadcasting? So in the interest of not making it too easy to get into your access point, wouldn't not broadcasting, and not remembering you access point info help. I realize that even if your access point isn't broadcasting, some determined people might still be able to figure out what your SSID is, but my arguement to that is, most people don't have those skills, and why make it easy for the people that do?