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Web Stalkers
Chapter 9 - Self Protection on the Web

Online Security Measures

The story at the beginning of this chapter describes a new hobby called war-driving.  While this book is written to help non-computer experts, the subject covered in this chapter is a bit more technical.  If there is a wireless network in the house or the plan is to acquire one, press on even if the subject is challenging.  Each user owes it to himself or herself and their safety to know what the danger is and how to protect themselves and their loved ones.

When discussing wireless access, this chapter is referring to the technology that is called 802.11.  There are a couple flavors of this technology currently available.  802.11b is the older version and has a lower capacity and speed than 802.11g.  Besides the increased performance that is possible from 802.11g, there are security enhancements that make it the better choice if a user is buying or upgrading equipment.

There are other methods of wireless access, including “air cards” that use the cellular phone networks to provide Internet access.  However, these methods will not be covered in detail in this book.

Risks of Wireless Communications

Wireless technology brings convenience and danger.  Know what the risks are and protect against them.

One of the vulnerabilities that comes with the use of wireless technology is the Service Set Identifier (SSID).  Simply stated, the SSID is the name of the wireless network.  The default or factory setting is a piece of information that is simple for a hacker to acquire or guess.  For example, WLAN, short for Wireless LAN, is a common name that is easy to guess.

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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