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Wi-Fi Security: Have We Learned Anything? Print E-mail
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Source: IT Business Edge - Posted by Alex   
Wireless Security The results are disheartening, and suggest that not much has been learned in the decade or so that Wi-Fi has been popular. The cracker, CryptoCard Executive Vice President Jason Hart, found that just under half of the 40,000 networks he tried to access had either very rudimentary encryption or demanded no password at all. More specifically, the story said, 9,249 asked for no password despite the fact that 82 percent of people in England believe that networks are secure.

The Telegraph story is not isolated. Last month, Sue Marquette Poremba over at Network Security Edge pointed to a story at Computerworld that raised the same yellow flags. It seems as if time has stood still, in a way. Much of the content of stories even at sophisticated sites as Entrepreneur read as if they were written at the dawn of the Wi-Fi age:

Hackers and crackers are everywhere, looking for easy marks. Believe me when I say they're just as likely to hang out at your favorite Starbucks as you are, Ms. Entrepreneur. They could be sitting with a latte and a laptop on the sofa right next to you. And don't look for Boris- and Natasha-style cartoon characters here. ("Fearless Leader say we steal computer access from moose and squirrel!") They are far more subtle than that.

Read this full article at IT Business Edge

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