Wifi Insecurity

The Chicago Tribune has an article about the insecurity of wireless browsing at hotspots. Five minutes running a sniffer led Humphrey Cheung, senior editor of TGDaily, to accurately predict that one coffeeshop patron was thinking of starting a business and a couple were about to get married.

As convenient as hotspots are, wireless is not a secure medium. There are steps that can be taken to minimize dangers (link is to a software sales page but it has legitimate advice in addition to sales pitches), but public wireless points should be avoided for critical communications and data transfers.

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