Pocket-sized wireless detection
There you are: sitting in your favorite bookstore/café, sipping a caramel latte and casually leafing through the latest copy of Wired magazine when you are suddenly bombarded from almost every direction without warning and with no means to stop it. Fortunately, the storm you are caught in is made up of 802.11 packets which are traveling in the 2.4 or 5 gigahertz range and pose no real physical danger to you or those around you.
It is becoming increasingly difficult not to be caught up in WiFi traffic since so many homes and businesses are taking advantage of this technology. Unfortunately, the ever-decreasing prices and ever-improving ease-of-use has also caused wireless networks to be real security problems within businesses and institutions. At a personal level, it would be useful to have a way to know where these public "hotspots" are without having to carry around equipment that makes you look like an extra from a Star Trek set. At a corporate level, it would be extremely advantageous to have a means to detect rogue WiFi equipment at all company sites without having to spend many thousands of dollars on an enterprise-level WLAN detection system.
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For all your wireless security information needs, visit the Wireless outside articles section of HNS.
- Review: Building Secure Wireless Networks with 802.11 (28 August 2003)
- Review: How Secure is Your Wireless Network? Safeguarding Your Wi-Fi LAN (22 August 2003)
- Article: Lack of Security at Wireless Conferences (6 August 2003)
- Review: WiFi Security (9 July 2003)
- Review: Wireless Security End to End (4 June 2003)
- Review: Deploying License-Free Wireless Wide-Area Networks (14 May 2003)
- Article: Positive Identification in a Wireless World (6 May 2003)
- Article: Warchalking and Other Wireless Worries (3 April 2003)
- Article: How to Make Wireless Networks Secure (26 March 2003)
- Article: Interview with Cyrus Peikari, CEO of AirScanner Mobile Security (24 February 2003)
- Review: Maximum Wireless Security (17 February 2003)
- Article: Detecting Wireless LAN MAC Address Spoofing (22 January 2003)
- Article: Avoid Wireless LAN Security Pitfalls (17 January 2003)
- Article: Interview with Jay Chaudhry, CEO of AirDefense (7 January 2003)
- Review: Wireless Security and Privacy: Best Practices and Design Techniques (17 December 2002)