Free WPA Software

Embedded in WSC Guard

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For only $4.95/month, WSC Guard can be enabled to automatically secure your wireless network with even more protection.

WSC Guard offers free wireless security functionality to connect to WPA-PSK networks. Although this functionality is neither as robust nor secure as being a registered Member of WSC Guard (for only $4.95 per month), it may offer enough security for the wireless network of home users with non-critical data.

Features Overview
 »  Basic wireless network security
 »   Compatible with WPA-PSK, WEP, and Clear      security modes
 »   Simple user interface
 »   1 minute installation
 »   “Best Practices” security reminders

What does this free functionality solve?

Many users have not been able to use WPA-PSK (Pre-Shared Key) security. Users have to go through the hassles and costs of upgrading to Windows XP or installing a 3rd party client. Using the WSC Guard Wireless Network Connections screen, Windows XP/2000/98/ME users can freely and easily connect wirelessly in the following security modes: WPA-PSK, WEP, or Clear.

What are the WSC Guard System Requirements for this free functionality?

Operating System
 XP/2000/ME/98
Wireless Adapters
 Most 802.11 wireless adapters
 Note:  For WPA-PSK security mode, the adapter requires WPA driver support

How does this free functionality work?

WSC Guard's Wireless Connection screen displays all the wireless access points (with their security mode, signal strength, channel, and MAC address) that are within range. Once you choose which access point you want to connect to, WSC Guard will prompt you for your security key and pass the information on to your wireless adapter driver to connect to your access point.

WSC Guard network, connection screen
Screen shot of Wireless Network Connection screen

How do I install the free WPA software?

Just install WSC Guard and choose "Disable Authentication" on the installation screen as seen in the screenshot below. Then, just right click on the notification key icon, click View Available Wireless Network, choose your network, apply a security key (if appropriate) and connect.

WSC Guard installation wizard screen
Installation Wizard screen

Is connecting in Clear dangerous?

Yes, is the short answer. Not only is the information you transmit over the air vulnerable, but all computers on your network (both wired and wireless) can be attacked if you have a wireless network configured in Clear mode. If your data or network is important, we recommend that you register for the free 30-day trial of WSC Guard. After your 30 -day trial, WSC Guard is just $4.95 per month -- and lets you take advantage of the easiest and most secure way to protect your data and network.

Is connecting in WEP dangerous?

Yes, is the short answer. WEP provides a level of protection through encryption, but that encryption can be cracked with tools that are readily available. Additionally, if you use WEP, it is difficult to maintain a good security posture - for example, you need to change your WEP keys each time a guest leaves your network or employee leaves your company.

Not only is the information you transmit over the air vulnerable, but all computers on your network (both wired and wireless) can be attacked if you have a wireless network configured in WEP mode. If your data or network is important, we recommend that you register for the free 30-day trial of WSC Guard. After your 30-day trial, WSC Guard is just $4.95 per month - and lets you take advantage of the easiest and most secure way to protect your data and network.

Is connecting with WPA-PSK dangerous?

Yes, is the short answer. WPA-PSK (pre-shared key) provides a level of protection through encryption, but poorly chosen short human-readable passphrases can be cracked with a robust dictionary attack offline. Additionally, WPA-PSK shares the same administrative difficulties as WEP. To maintain a good security posture, you need to change your WPA-PSK passphrase periodically to thwart off-line brute force attacks, as well as each time a guest leaves your network or employee leaves your company.

Not only is the information you transmit over the air vulnerable, but all computers on your network (both wired and wireless) can be attacked if you have a wireless network configured in WPA-PSK mode. If your data or network is important, we recommend that you register for the free 30-day trial of WSC Guard. After your 30-day trial, WSC Guard is just $4.95 per month - and lets you take advantage of the easiest and most secure way to protect your data and network.

How about using WPA with a RADIUS infrastructure?

WPA with a RADIUS infrastructure offers the best wireless security for your data and network -- it provides strong authentication and encryption. We recommend this security mode. The free functionality within WSC Guard is not designed to work with wireless networks utilizing WPA with a RADIUS infrastructure, so we recommend that you register for the free 30-day trial of WSC Guard. After your 30-day trial, WSC Guard is just $4.95 per month -- and lets you take advantage of the easiest and most secure way to protect your data and network.

Why would WSC distribute this free functionality within WSC Guard?

Wireless Security Corporation is dedicated to making wireless networks more secure. Although WPA-PSK has its drawbacks, WPA Assistant does avail to Windows 2000 users security that's at least better than WEP or no security. WPA Assistant will occasionally remind you of some wireless security best practices. As you become more aware of wireless security issues, we hope that you will take advantage of an even higher level of protection and register with WSC Guard.