New wireless security: why you should use it

Wednesday, 9 April 2003, 1:44 PM EST

While wireless networks continue to become more affordable and easier to set up, many users (as well as many companies) still have little regard for just how insecure those networks are. Those users remain unaware that, with the right equipment, just about anyone can hitch a free ride on a wireless Internet connection or read wireless data as it flies through the air.

As I've discussed before, there are some basic precautions you can take to secure your wireless network. One of my suggestions--to enable Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP)--is now out-of-date, because this security protocol is being replaced with a new one, called Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA). While WPA isn't the perfect cure-all I've been hoping for, you should implement it as part of your overall security strategy.

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