Stories by Eric Geier

  • In Pictures: 12 new network features in Windows 8

    Microsoft’s new metro-style Start screen is getting all the buzz, but for IT administrators there are many new network-related features and changes in both Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 to be aware of.

  • Windows 8 security: What's new

    When Windows 8 comes out later this year, the new Start screen and Metro-style apps will likely be the first changes you'll notice, but those aren't the only things that are new. Microsoft is also making some serious security enhancements to help keep your system safer and to improve Windows' ability to combat viruses and malware. It just may be the biggest improvement to Windows security yet.

  • How to hack your own Wi-Fi network

    Attempting to "hack" into your own wireless network can help you spot potential Wi-Fi security vulnerabilities and figure out ways to protect against them.

  • Review: Android-based Wi-Fi stumblers

    Wi-Fi stumblers are handy when checking for channel usage, signal strength, security status, and detecting rogue access points, in situations where enterprise-level tools aren't necessary. We recently reviewed stumblers for your PC or laptop. Here's a look at a few Wi-Fi stumblers for your Android smartphone or tablet, which makes it even more convenient for quick and simple wireless checks.

  • 5 free Android security apps: Keep your smartphone safe

    There's been much controversy over mobile OS security, especially where Android is concerned. With 47 per cent of the smartphone market in Q4 of 2011, according to ABI Research, it's no wonder that Android is getting attention.

  • 8 free Wi-Fi stumbling and surveying tools

    Even if you have an enterprise-level Wi-Fi spectrum analyzer, like <a href="http://www.metageek.net/products/wi-spy/">Wi-Spy</a> or <a href="http://www.flukenetworks.com/enterprise-network/wlan-security-and-analysis">AirMagnet</a>, free Wi-Fi tools can also come in handy. You might use them during the planning or installation stages of your <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/topics/wireless.html">wireless</a> LAN, while troubleshooting, or when performing maintenance. They could even serve as your primarily tools in smaller and less-complex environments.

  • Wi-Fi security do's and don'ts

    Wi-Fi is inherently susceptible to hacking and eavesdropping, but it can be secure if you use the right <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/topics/security.html">security</a> measures. Unfortunately, the Web is full of outdated advice and myths. But here are some do's and don'ts of Wi-Fi security, addressing some of these myths.

  • Seven free network apps for rooted Androids

    Did you root your Android-based smartphone or tablet, or are you thinking about it? Well, here are seven free network-related apps that take advantage of the superuser permissions. In this list, you'll discover apps that help with the network configuration and security of your device, apps to do sharing and sniffing on networks, and apps that demonstrate network hacking and security risks.

  • 11 Android apps to boost speed, battery life

    The mobile operating system Android for phones and tablets offers a wide variety of apps and can be quite useful in your professional and personal life. But after you've added a bunch of apps and used it for a while, Android can also get bogged down or unstable, run slowly and/or eat battery juice too quickly.

  • Tips and tricks for protecting Android devices

    Android doesn't rival BlackBerry when it comes to security and enterprise support. But Android devices can still be reasonably secure. Here are some tips to help you protect your investment, privacy and data.