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Viewing Wi-Fi Details in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, hold down the Option key before clicking the AirPort menu. Doing so reveals additional technical details including which standards, speeds, and frequencies you're using to connect, as well as what's in use by other networks. With the Option key held down and with a network already joined, the AirPort menu reveals seven pieces of information: the PHY Mode, the MAC (Media Access Control) address, the channel and band in use, the security method that's in use, the RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication) measurement, the transmit rate, and the MCS Index. In Leopard, some, but not all, of these details are revealed by Option-clicking the AirPort menu.

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A Crack in Wi-Fi Security and How To Fix It

Security researchers have found a small hole they can exploit in the weaker of two modern methods of securing Wi-Fi. The problem shouldn't affect home users or small businesses, and there's an easy fix anyone with new enough hardware can apply.Show full article

Take Control News: Free Copy of Thanksgiving Ebook!

As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States, we're doing our bit to reduce stress and encourage culinary excellence by giving away a free copy of "Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinner" with the purchase of any other ebook.Show full article

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