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Public Wi-Fi use raises hacking risk

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posted on Aug, 7 2007 @ 04:22 PM
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Public Wi-Fi use raises hacking risk


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The basic problem: T-Mobile and AT&T (T)— the largest providers of Wi-Fi hot spots in coffee shops, bookstores and airports — don't require encryption of data traveling wirelessly between laptops and the Internet. Neither do hotels and municipalities with free Wi-Fi hookups in public areas.
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posted on Aug, 7 2007 @ 04:22 PM
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Why isn't it encrypted in the first place? So we can be spied on easily? Big brother's everywhere these days. Anything convenient is also used against us.

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posted on Aug, 7 2007 @ 04:39 PM
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Even the strongest WEP encryption in use can be cracked in a matter of hours provided enough traffic can be collected. It is a false sense of security, so for public access hot-spots it's not worth the effort of making users use it.

NEVER do ANYTHING private or financial over a WiFi connection.



posted on Aug, 7 2007 @ 05:15 PM
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a small difference - with an unencrypted signal , you are not doing anything illegal (at least in the uk) using it - the moment traffic becomes encrypted - even with 64bit WEP , using tools to break that encryption you have commited a terrorist , erm , i mean criminal act and can be prosecuted for hacking.

but i do concur - digital Id`s for secure email and vpn for the best security.



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