Promiscuous Mode

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Promiscuous mode is a network card setting that does not filter incoming packets by MAC, but rather receives and accepts all incoming network data. This setting is commonly used to sniff all network traffic and to help diagnose networking issues. However, it may also be used to look for any un-encrypted data such as usernames and passwords entered in FTP and Telnet.

Network terms, Packet sniffing, Security terms