WiFi Security: Is it possible to be secure enough?

Today, talking with a person knowledgeable in ICT education in Indonesia, he recommended not to spend time on an offline solution because it is impossible to ensure security. He expects that, for fun, kids will hack it and load inappropriate content, which can cause a big stir in Indonesia. Online is better because a website is monitored and thus intrusions are detected, blocked and sites restored. Therefore it is better to focus on getting schools online than trying to provide offline solutions. One caveat is that his company delivers online solutions.

How secure is the RACHEL Plus?

Have there been any problems with people hacking into the WiFi servers?

What precautions do people take?

If a server is hacked, how to restore it? (Do people keep a full backups?) Although, with no patch, if someone broke in once, they can simply break in again.

What do you think?


Hi Brian –

A hacker can reach the internet, a hacker can’t reach this device offline. Your hacker would have to be someone who works within about 50 ft of the device. It’s unlikely you’d even have a ‘hacker’ but you’d just be sharing the device password with someone. This seems like a strange and poor argument.


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Yes, I was thinking the same. The alternative is online equipment, so all computers, tablets and servers will be online and exposed to hackers working anonymously from home, where as the offline hacker needs to sit nearby.

Regardless, have there been any reported problems of people hacking in to cause trouble?

How strong is the Rachel Plus security compared to the latest WiFi routers?

About three years ago on one RACHEL-Pi a mayoral candidate once replaced the entire microSD card and re-purposed the hardware to broadcast a one-page banner of his candidacy.

Never heard of anything similar for RACHEL-Plus.

You can select your security protocol for the wireless to match that of the most advanced wireless routers.

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