Does Wi-Fi security matter?

    Date28 Jun 2006
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    Posted ByBenjamin D. Thomas
    People 'just don't care' about Wi-Fi security according to researchers, but some senior security experts argue there's no need to secure networks at all A large percentage of Wi-Fi networks are "horribly insecure", according to researchers at Indiana University.

    In a study of almost 2,500 access points in Indianapolis, presented at the Workshop on the Economics of Information Security at the University of Cambridge on Monday, researchers found that 46 percent were not running any form of encryption. "People just really don't care about Wi-Fi security, and open Wi-Fi at home is a nice big target," said Matthew Hottell, lecturer in informatics at Indiana University. "Defaults [settings] are king," added Hottell.

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