Security concerns loom in new wireless world

Monday, 22 July 2002, 12:14 PM EST

Security experts advise wireless networkers to throw up as many obstacles as possible for "whackers," wireless hackers.

*Don't advertise the presence of your network to the world with a name that reveals who you are, such as ACME Corp. Network or Smith Family Network. Instead, create a name from a meaningless string of letters and numbers. In obscurity there is security. Also, don't use the factory default network name for a network. For example, a network named "linksys" is a giveaway that someone bought equipment made by Linksys. When a factory default name is broadcast, it often means the system was taken straight out of the box and plugged in, with no security measures put in place.

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