Ad-hoc Networks

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What is an ad-hoc network?

This is a point-to-point network configuration that only establishes a connection between a computer and another device. It is commonly created when one computer connects to another computer via a wireless network. This option is disabled by default, and must be activated by the user(s).

Why are ad-hoc networks bad?

Ad-hoc wireless networks allow for two or more computers to connect directly with each other, also allowing hackers to conduct a number of attacks against those computers. The primary problem with ad-hoc networks is the lack of authentication (currently provided by university "URI_Open" and "URI_Secure" routers). Hackers can execute "Man in the Middle" attacks, denial of service, and/or compromise computers.

If a hacker can compromise one wireless client, the attacker can use that computer to attack other computers on the network. By keeping ad-hoc networks disabled, it is more difficult for a hacker to attack or gather information from the network.

How can I disable my Windows ad-hoc network?

Disable Ad Hoc Connections

What devices create ad-hoc networks?

Gaming Systems (PSP, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PS2, XBox 360, etc.)
Operating Systems (Windows, Macintosh, etc.)