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December 31, 2007

Wireless households at risk


by David Allen

Of all the wireless internet users in the UK around half are using an unsecured wireless network within their home. This means that these users are putting themselves at risk from people who feel free to go around searching the wireless bands for an open network that they can then exploit.

These wireless pirates can monitor exactly what is going on in the home network, meaning that they will be able to see what user sees, so if they are logging onto their banking or another secured site they see what the user is doing and can then access it later, they could also use the open wireless network to piggy back on, sending spam and other accessing other site through the users IP address.

There are many software products out there which can help the home wireless network to become more secure, and it is well worth while that this is done as there are many ways that an attacker can get into a home network, but leaving the door wide open for them is just crazy.

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