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  1. #1
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    Nov 2009

    What are packet sniffers

    I am aware that there are other packet sniffers, but it is easy to be overwhelmed by the huge lists of features in existing products. This article aims to show that anyone with passion and motivation, can develop its own sniffer, and add the resources of his choice. How to get information that can be used to keep a watch on the incoming and outgoing packets, which can help troubleshoot network problems.

  2. #2
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    May 2008

    Re: What are packet sniffers

    The Packet sniffers are particular tools that are frequently designed to help network administrators in monitoring networks and troubleshoot network troubles. On the other hand, these tools can be hazardous for sanctuary if used in the incorrect fashion. A packet sniffer is either several type of hardware application, or software installed on a desktop or server system, that has the capability to capture network packets and evidence them, frequently for network preservation and monitoring purposes. Such tools are called packet sniffers, but they might also have dissimilar names, like packet analyzer or protocol analyzer, traffic analyzer etc.

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    Feb 2008

    Re: What are packet sniffers

    The difficulty is that packet sniffers can be hazardous for sanctuary of systems, appropriate to their capability of intercepting network packets and recording them. A packet sniffer is a secrecy tool. Users have no acquaintance whatsoever, that their own traffic is being recorded; there is no general method to perceive that a sniffer is presently recording your information transmitted over the network; so it would be moderately helpful to believe it is, in all cases, and take whatever procedures to prevent yourself from this kind of information leakage.

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    Re: What are packet sniffers

    The prevalent risk coming from packet sniffers is the capability to record client names and passwords. The risk comes from the information that several Internet protocols extensively used today are still unsecure. World Wide Web uses information in non-encrypted arrangement, so it is simple for a packet sniffer to identify what websites you are visiting and which pages, separately from the case when protected socket acquaintances are used via https:// based pages. Email is generally unencrypted and can be simply sniffed.

  5. #5
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    Apr 2008

    Re: What are packet sniffers

    The Internet Relay chat discussion can be also simply recorded via packet sniffers. Several Internet messenger programs are still using unencrypted communication, and consequently they are susceptible to packet sniffing. FTP interactions are susceptible as well. And there are numerous additional protocols still relying on plain text transmissions. As a significant thing to maintain in mind, please note that Cable – based Internet connections are regularly connected into a solitary huge network that can be simply sniffed so if you have such a correlation, the risk of your information being compromised via packet sniffers is extremely high.

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