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Packet Sniffing with Wireshark
By: Barzan 'Tony' Antal
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    Table of Contents:
  • Packet Sniffing with Wireshark
  • What’s Sniffin’ About?
  • Doing It Yourself
  • Final Thoughts

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    Packet Sniffing with Wireshark - Final Thoughts

    (Page 4 of 4 )

    We are pretty confident that literally every network technician, security analyst, system administrator, IT professional, or anyone that’s interested in what happens inside those network cables (or wireless waves) agrees that Wireshark is one of those tools that really helps in our day-to-day work. You cannot know when you’ll be facing a situation where you absolutely need to know what happens. That's when you sniff!

    This is why it is important to be familiar with Wireshark. It is not like you’d be using it with constant regularity; it's better to try it out and have fun with it, so that when the time comes that you really need it, you will already be proficient in its use. Software developers also use Wireshark every so often, especially when coding some TCP/IP program.

    On the second page we enumerated some of the most frequent uses for packet capturing. Now that list was quite extensive. And chances aren’t slim at all… that you will run into a situation where you will be glad you know what is within that packet that went across your network interface card (NIC). This is how you will find out that your favorite Instant Messaging software does not use encryption, for example…

    In closing, I’d like to invite you to join our community of technology professionals experienced in all areas of IT&C starting from software and hardware up to consumer electronics at Dev Hardware Forums. Also, be sure to check out the community of our sister site at Dev Shed Forums. We are friendly and we’ll do our best to help you.

    DISCLAIMER: The content provided in this article is not warranted or guaranteed by Developer Shed, Inc. The content provided is intended for entertainment and/or educational purposes in order to introduce to the reader key ideas, concepts, and/or product reviews. As such it is incumbent upon the reader to employ real-world tactics for security and implementation of best practices. We are not liable for any negative consequences that may result from implementing any information covered in our articles or tutorials. If this is a hardware review, it is not recommended to open and/or modify your hardware.


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