One way to bolster your understanding of Wi-Fi security is to do some hacking yourself. That doesn’t mean you should infiltrate a company’s network or snoop on a neighbor’s setup. Rather, ethical hacking and legitimate Wi-Fi penetration testing – done in cooperation with the network owner – can help you learn more about the strengths and limitations of wireless security. Understanding potential Wi-Fi vulnerabilities can help you to better protect the networks you manage and ensure safer connections when you access other wireless networks.
Start with a Wi-Fi stumbler
General purpose Wi-Fi stumblers are the simplest and most innocent tools to add to your pen testing kit. Though typically passive tools, they serve an important purpose. They allow you to see what access points (AP) are nearby and their details, such as the signal level, security/encryption type, and media access control (MAC) address. It’s a tool even a hacker would utilize to find the next victim.