I currently use AES encryption, as it's the only one that hasn't been cracked (WEP and TKIP being the alternatives). Apparantly, WEP is generic and can be hacked into by just about anyone who cares to know how. TKIP has been recently cracked, but how easy is it to get in to? This is for my home wireless network. I'm not too worried about getting hacked, even if I left it unsecured. *I do broadcast my SSID. I didn't for quite some time, but it always seemed to bring up connectivity issues. My mom has a laptop for work and she takes it all over the place and there's a list of previously accessed wireless networks in that thing about a mile long, but she does come here and use my network sometimes. For some reason, with SSID broadcasting disabled, I had to re-configure the settings for my network so she could get access. Nothing would change on my end. For this reason I leave SSID broadcasting on to avoid this issue. *I have a MAC address filter set up. Only my mom's desktop, which stays here, and my mom's laptop can access my network, regardless if someone knows the password or not. This leads me to believe that even if I left my network unsecured, I wouldn't actually get anyone accessing my network: the worst anyone could do is packet sniffing. Looking at AES and TKIP, it looks like TKIP is a lot less resource intensive than AES. I want to use the less resource intensive TKIP encryption so as to not swamp my router with the intensive AES encryption. As previously mentioned, I know TKIP has been hacked, but how easy is it to get in to? tl;dr I want to use TKIP instead of AES because it's less resource intensive, but should I be worried about the decreased security?