Wireless Devices Present New Security Challenges

    Date24 Oct 2000
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Gloomy security forecasts, rampant macro viruses, and stagnating denial-of- service attacks haven't stopped E-commerce sites from deploying more services on the Internet. Likewise, there's no sign that these events are stopping wireless developers from deploying all sorts of Web sites and . . . Gloomy security forecasts, rampant macro viruses, and stagnating denial-of- service attacks haven't stopped E-commerce sites from deploying more services on the Internet. Likewise, there's no sign that these events are stopping wireless developers from deploying all sorts of Web sites and services for cell phones, personal digital assistants, and pagers.

    In fact, brokers such as Ameritrade, E-Trade, and Suretrade; banks such as Harris Bank and Chase Manhattan; and bill-payment services such as CheckFree are already offering consumers wireless stock trading, banking, and bill- payment services in the United States, using readily available security technology. For most devices, that means a user name and password for authentication, and some form of scaled-back Secure Sockets Layer encryption technology to prevent eavesdropping.

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