WiFi – Bluetooth,WiFi,GPS Cell phone tracking http://www.eastmobiles.com Thu, 26 May 2016 05:43:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 RIM finally decides to launch WiFi Geo-location http://www.eastmobiles.com/rim-finally-decides-to-launch-wifi-geo-location.html Thu, 22 Sep 2011 03:53:20 +0000 http://www.eastmobiles.com/?p=348 About half a year after Google and Apple being criticized or sued for logging cell towers and WiFi routers to improve their location based services, RIM, the maker of BlackBerry Smartphone, decided to launch its WiFi Geo-location service for developers.

According to BlackBerry official blog, the services was launched on on September 9th, 2011 to provide a quick and accurate fix for location based apps.

Google has been using street view cars and Android to collect cell phone towers and WiFi access points for a long time to build its location database after Skyhook pioneered this field. Later Google Maps and Google Earth all come with a feature called my place, which can pinpoint a location without GPS quickly. This web-based service requires mobile internet and is less accurate than GPS, but it works great indoors and in places where GPS signal is weak or not available.

Another cell phone giant Apple also used its iOS devices to record base stations and WiFi hotspots, and Apple even got sued for tracking and storing user whereabouts although it claimed it intended to use it to improve its location based services. Although Apple continued to integrate Google Maps into their handsets, soon or later it will launch its own mapping service.

Microsoft, who developed Windows Phone 7, was said to be logging and store such data as well.

Since its main competitors all got their own location services, RIM seemed to be left behind. Only a year ago did RIM roll out its cell towers based geo-location service, which Google has been using for a very long time in its various products like Google Latitude, Google Maps etc.

RIM WiFi geo-location API was introduced together with its new OS BlackBerry 6, all devices running BlackBerry 6 or higher can leverage this service.

Drone to hack WiFi network and spy cell phone http://www.eastmobiles.com/drone-to-hack-wifi-network-and-spy-cell-phone.html Sat, 06 Aug 2011 04:09:27 +0000 http://www.eastmobiles.com/?p=334

Every year, Black Hat conference brings us interesting news and technology, which surely represent the new trend in security field. And this year is no exception.

Two security researchers called Mike Tassey and Richard Perkins showed off on Wednesday their remote controlled drone that could crack WEP and WPA and WPA2 secured WiFi network and intercepts cell phone calls.

The drone is called Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform (WASP) which costs at some $6000, is made from FMQ-117B U.S. Army target drone. It equips with EPIA Pico-ITX PC, on-board VIA EPIA Pico-ITX PCBackTrack Linux OS (BackTrack is Linux based professional security OS to crack encrypted wireless network). When flies, it can sniff WiFi network and crack it using a dictionary of 340 million words to gain access.

In addition to hack WiFi networks, the plane also use a IMSI catcher alike device to create a cell tower. The device emits strong signals to nearby cell phones to trick them into routing encryption disabled out-going calls via the fake base station. Then the call was routed via VoIP to the receiver (or just anyone the hacker wishes) and recorded, which is really horrible.

Although the plan can only fly under 400 feet which is enough to quite the noise and in line of sight according to FAA regulations, but it does not violate any FCC regulations, which means it can be purchased by anyone. Which also means others might be doing the same thing to spy any cell phone. Considering the price, almost anyone can afford it and those private detectives may make a fortune -:).

How to check if your WiFi location logged by Google http://www.eastmobiles.com/how-to-check-if-your-wifi-location-logged-by-google.html Mon, 18 Jul 2011 06:05:25 +0000 http://wdpress.com/?p=34 Google has been collecting our WiFi access point (AP), or WiFi hotspots location for a long time. If you have a wireless network using a wireless router, you might want to check if Google has logged your WiFi location. Here I will introduce how to do it.

First, we need to know how Google collect our wireless AP. Generally, Google has been using its street view car to detect and collect the WiFi hotspots. Google street view vehicles have been equipped with an antenna which can receive data broadcasted by WiFi AP; these data are then processed and sent to Google location server. However, under pressure from global governments, Google has stopped it and will not resume it anytime soon.

Then Google turned to its mobile map application Google Maps. Due to its huge user bases, Google could easily collect such data. Whenever Google Maps is running, it will detect if the cell phone is connected to any wireless network and starts to collect and send the data back to Google.

Second, we need to figure out what data Google collects. In general, the data Google are interested includes SSID, MAC address, signal strength, latitude and longitude etc. Google uses MAC address to identify each wireless AP as this address is unique. Latitude and longitude are used to determine the location of the wireless router.

Now we know what data Google collects and how, we are able to check if Google has our WiFi location pinpointed. In fact, there are only two easy steps.

First, logon to your wireless router dashboard and find its MAC address. Take Netgear wireless router for example, you can find two MAC addresses, but you only need the WAN address, just copy it.

MAC address

Second, go visit this WiFi tracker, enter the MAC address you just found and hit check it. If your wireless router was logged by Google, then it will show its address, latitude, longitude and location on Google Maps. Otherwise, it will say Google is not spying on you.

How to boost WiFi signal strength http://www.eastmobiles.com/how-to-increase-wifi-signal-strength.html Mon, 11 Jan 2010 13:19:29 +0000 http://wdpress.com/?p=33 Still upset about the weak signal strength of your WIFI network? Well, there are some tips for you.

1, Place the wireless router as near to your laptop as possible. However if there were more than one user relying on the wireless network, you have to put the router in the center of your office or house so that everyone can enjoy access to it.

2, Upgrade your wireless firmware to the latest version. The wireless router company may make improvements to boost the performance, so it would be a good idea to check your wireless router’s website from time to time.

3, Update your wireless network adapter driver. This also helps boost your WIFI signal strength. Be sure to back up first.

4, Buy or make a better antenna for your wireless router. Usually the omni-directional antenna that comes with the wireless router does poorly in transmitting signal to a broader location, so you can always buy or make your own antenna.

5, Buy a wireless signal repeater. A repeater will extend your WIFI signal coverage tremendously. However this requires spending extra money, but if you do not mind, it really helps a lot.

6, Upgrade to Wireless N. If you were to set up your WiFi network, you can consider using 802.11n devices. Wireless N uses multiple-in-multiple-out (MIMO), a smart antenna technology, and other improvements that make for much larger coverage areas and faster connections. To get full improvement, you also need to use both Wireless N for the router and the wireless adapters.

Now you should have better signal reception. If you have any good news after trying one or all of them, please let us know!!

What is the difference between WiMax and WiFi http://www.eastmobiles.com/what-is-the-difference-between-wimax-and-wifi.html Fri, 01 May 2009 08:37:23 +0000 http://wdpress.com/?p=30 WiMax is short for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access.

Wimax uses IEEE 802.16 standard and provides the last mile of (MAN) Metropolitan Area high speed internet access, so it is often called 802.16, as compared to 802.11

WiMax was created by the WiMax Forum, which was formed in June 2001 to promote the adoption of WiMax compatible products and services.

Although WiMax deployments are similar to a WiFi network, it has a few advantages over WiFi.

1. WiMax has the capability of covering wider areas than WiFi. While WiFi is a Wireless LAN networking technology, it can only reach a few hundred meters in the open air, WiMax is designed to be a MAN wireless internet access technology, it can cover an area of some 50 miles in diameter.
2. WiMax provides a higher speed wireless internet access. WiMax can be running at a speed up to 70M, three times as fast as 3G networks.
3. WiMax provides the last mile of internet access; it can connect WiFi hotspots to the Internet. And provide a wireless alternative to cables and DSL.
4. WiMax provides multi-media and telecommunications services, it is securer and can be upgraded.

Now while WiMax are becoming popular in EU countries and the North America, Asia, is also introducing WiMax technology as well. The goal for the long term evolution of WiMAX is to achieve 100 Mbit/s mobile and 1 Gbit/s fixed-nomadic bandwidth and can be expected to be one of the most widely used wireless internet access technologies in the future.

WPA2 key can be hacked with NVidia video card http://www.eastmobiles.com/wpa2-key-can-be-hacked-with-nvidia-video-card.html Thu, 02 Apr 2009 17:47:01 +0000 http://wdpress.com/?p=29 You can hack a WEP key with airodump and winaircrack easily, and you even can hack a WPA key with an additional dictionary file. But to hack WPA2 key still remained a theoretically possibility in the past since the pre-shared key can be any number combinations from 8 to 63 characters in length, and the fact that it needs so much time to crack makes it impossible in reality.

However Global Secure Systems indicated last year that a Russian company named Elcomsoft can shorten the time of cracking a wifi code to less than 1/00 of the time required before based on brute force techniques by using a powerful NVidia video card.

Also another project called Pyrit is under way too, the goal of which is to estimate the real world security of these WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK protocols. Pyrit’s implementation allows to create massive databases, pre-computing part of the WPA/WPA2-PSK authentication phase in a space-time-tradeoff. The performance gain for real-world-attacks is in the range of three orders of magnitude which urges for re-consideration of the protocol’s security.

However currently no tools have been released for hacking a WPA2 key, but this shows to people that WPA2 encryption is not so safe as people think and may subject to crack in the near future. And companies are suggested to use VPN to ensure the safety of their data as well.

Update, check this out on how to crack a WPA2 key.

How to connect PSP to Internet via WiFi http://www.eastmobiles.com/how-to-connect-psp-to-internet-via-wifi.html Wed, 18 Mar 2009 11:25:54 +0000 http://wdpress.com/?p=28 PSP has built in WiFi, if you have a wireless router or hotspot nearby, you can easily connect your psp to internet via WiFi. And you can do a lot of things through the internet, such as upgrade your PSP, or browse the internet. And here’s a short guide on how to set up WiFi on your PSP.

Please make sure WiFi is switched on by flipping up the switch.

1. Now go to your PSP’s main screen, and scroll down to the network settings.
2. If you have a wireless router or hotspot, select “Infrastructure Mode”, and press ○ to continue.
3. Now click on connection and your PSP starts to detect WiFi signals.
4. If your PSP find any signal, it shows all available WiFi hotspots.
5. Select any WiFi hotspot and it prompts to configure WLAN Security Setting, if it’s open WiFi network, select none, otherwise select WEP or WPA-PSK if it’s encrypted.
6. For IP address, select easy.
7. Enter the name of this connection and save the changes and it’s set.

Sone psp wifi internet set up

No open your browser and select the access point you created just now, you can see that your PSP connected to internet via WiFi.

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