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Web Stalkers
Chapter 9 - Self Protection on the Web

Online Security Measures

The proliferation of portable computer and wireless technologies has increased the challenge of the individual to protect themselves from cybercrimes.  The freedom afforded by the new wireless systems can lull users into a false sense of security.  The good news is that there are measures that anyone can take to protect their wireless systems from criminals; however, forgetting to also protect one’s hardwired system at home or work could be a large mistake. 

The two high school students were out for a drive.  This was not just any drive; they were not headed for a party or the mall.  Their goal was to see how many wireless networks they could access.  They had a laptop with a wireless card and a couple of freely available programs that would help them identify and access any wireless cards they happened across.

Taking turns driving, they discovered several of their neighbors had wireless networks with no protection in place.  They also found businesses with wireless networks that gave them full access to corporate systems with confidential data.  Even most of the networks they found that were protected fell quickly to the software they were using.

The Appeal of Wireless

The beauty of the wireless network is that it is just as the name implies: wireless.  It is not hard to imagine that it is a simple matter to sell anyone on the benefit of a system that provides all of the services of the old desktop PC without all the bothersome wires.  Wireless networks are now available at many electronic and computer stores for fairly reasonable prices.  As the costs drop, the use of wireless is becoming more common.  Many people who are buying equipment to setup a wireless network do not have enough knowledge to implement adequate security.

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert

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