Recently, a tool has been developed to sniff out insecure web connections at public Wi-Fi hotspots. Shocker? It shouldn’t be. For years, data has been passed ‘in the clear‘, i.e. unencrypted.
With the proliferation of public hotspots, you can expect more tools and more horror stories of online accounts being compromised. So, take a little time and educate yourself in the basics of wireless security.
- Here are some simple steps to secure your home wireless network.
- From a Microsoft perspective, ‘7 tips for working securely from wireless hotspots’.
From my experience, the trend is to allow more ‘open’ hotspots – those that do not require any kind of authentication or logging in. While this makes life simpler for us, it does nothing to dissuade a wannabe hacker/cracker. In fact, they are attracted to these kinds of hotspots.