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10 April 2007

Is your wireless secure? Not with WEP...

Chances are, if you've got a wireless router and you've "properly" secured your router so that your neighbors can't hijack your internet connection, you're using the Wired Equiavalent Privacy encryption method to secure your wireless network.  That's WEP for short.   Don't worry, I didn't know what it stood for either until today, I always assumed "Wireless Encryption Protocol"

Anyway, this weekend, some german security analysts figured out how to crack this encryption method - and not only that, it can be done by a standard PC in under 60 seconds.

http://www.newswireless.net/index.cfm/article/3292

So, if you've got a wireless router secured with WEP encryption - change it to something else.  WPA, for example.

If you've got a wireless router without security... well, get some.  Otherwise you're opening yourself up to someone sitting on the curb by your house and accessing your private data.
Posted by rickroot at 12:06 PM | Link | 4 comments