iOS8 MAC Randomization – Analyzed!

iOS8 MAC Randomization – Analyzed! via blog.airtightnetworks.com

In June of this year, at WWDC#14 Apple announced that the Wi-Fi scanning behavior of their devices would change starting with iOS8. They would start using randomized and locally administrated MAC addresses in the probing state. The touted rationale was that such an approach would hide the real MAC addresses of the device and make Wi-Fi device MAC based analytics difficult. Apple made iOS8 generally available as part of their September 2014 launch. Accordingly, it was time for me to take out the packet sniffing gear and dig into the workings of randomized MACs (no pun intended here). Read on to find out how they work.   Read more

Wi-Fi Troubleshooting: Guilty until Proven Innocent

WizShark: A picture is worth a thousand packets

More often than not, when things don’t work as they should, Wi-Fi is the obvious scapegoat even though the problems aren’t necessarily Wi-Fi specific.

In fact, I’ve come to expect this “guilty until proven innocent” rational. My job is to investigate, get to the root of the problem, and then propose a plan of action to remedy the situation. Such is the life of a troubleshooting Jedi! There’s never a dull moment, something is always happening.   Read more

Black Is The New Orange

If the U.S. Navy had its way, the Bridge might have been painted black and yellow stripes to assure even greater visibility for passing ships.

Out with the Old Look, In with Mojo Wireless! Let’s face it … change is hard. It really is. This is especially true when you see the world through orange colored glasses. It boxes you in.

So imagine how difficult it was for us to take one of the most identifiable traits of the AirTight Networks brand, the color orange, and eliminate it almost completely from our newly redesigned company blog. Considering that AirTight Orange runs through the veins of investors, board members, partners, distributors and company employees it seems like a crazy, if not foolhardy idea.

But at AirTight, we’ve never been the types to shy away from a challenge, especially when it’s the right thing to do. Now if you think this seems obvious, all bets are off where AirTight Orange is concerned! The mere thought of even questioning the AirTight Orange in our branding leads to endless and fiery debates. One thing is certain though–everybody thinks they’re a marketing expert!   Read more

802.11ac WLAN Sales on a Tear

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Did you know that sales of enterprise-grade wireless LAN equipment with the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard are expected to skyrocket over the next four years? This is partly due to the aggressive pricing strategies, according to a report from Dell’Oro Group. Find out why customers should interested in AirTight Networks for their 11AC needs.   Read more

802.11ac AP with ‘IoT-ready’ WIPS Launched

AirTight C-65 802.11ac AP/sensor

C-65 Wi-Fi AP/sensor makes the 802.11ac transition easy and affordable as connected devices proliferate. On September 4, 2014, we announced the launch of our new AirTight C-65, an 802.11ac Wi-Fi point AP / sensor. It eliminates current and emerging wireless security threats and removes the tradeoffs in functionality often associated with upgrading to 802.11ac. Read… Read More

Google Pushing HTTPS Further

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Implications for Public Facing Wi-Fi Security, Advertising and Analytics.

You may have already noticed – Google search has been strictly using HTTPS for some time now. Typically, you would not enter passwords in a keyword search and so people probably were not terribly worried about search sites not using HTTPS (Bing still allows HTTP). Nonetheless, Google has led by example by adopting strict HTTPS for search. With this, they have also demonstrated that HTTPS isn’t the bottleneck for transactions scalability of the site.
Additionally, just last month, Google disclosed that they will provide (slight) SEO rank incentives to HTTPS sites. If the trend picks up and most useful sites on the Internet move to HTTPS (news and other type of information distribution sites have the least penetration of HTTPS), it will impact public facing Wi-Fi in some interesting ways.   Read more

WeChat – This is how Social Wi-Fi is done in China

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Did you know that Tencent Holdings Ltd is China’s largest listed Internet company? And that WeChat, or Weixin as it is known in China, is Tencent’s flagship mobile messaging product?

In just 3 years since Tencent debuted WeChat, it has become one of the largest social networking sites in China. WeChat has secured its position as the most powerful mobile app in China today and is fast becoming one of the world’s most powerful as well.   Read more

What Facebook friends info is shared during social login, and does it spam them?

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Will my friends get spam if I use Facebook social login? What information about my friends will be shared? These questions come to many when faced with the Facebook login option on websites and captive portals. This post seeks to answer these questions from the technical standpoint.

Graph API is the Facebook’s API that enables apps to read and write to the Facebook social graph. The discussion here is with respect to the API version 2.0 (released in April 2014) and later versions. To leverage the Graph API, there first needs to be a Facebook app. The app can be easily created in any Facebook account from the menu options. By default, apps can access the social login user’s public profile, email and friends list in the Facebook social graph. For access to additional information, the app needs to go through review and vetting process with Facebook. For illustrative purposes, let’s take the example of a consumer facing business that creates an app called “Da Brand” with default access rights.   Read more