Three Rules For Safer Wi-Fi Away From Home

    Date05 May 2006
    Posted ByBrittany Day
    Almost everyone has heard about wardriving, the geek sport in which you drive around and see what wireless access points (WAP) you can find and access. Because of the ink wardriving has received over the years, many home and business users have wised up and added security to their WAPs. But how about the busy traveler, the exec at Marriott, or the slacker at Starbucks? Do they take that same level of care with wireless security while they're on the road and seduced by the easy availability of Wi-Fi hotspots? Probably not, but they should. Here are three simple assumptions you should make before taking your wireless laptop on the road.

    Memorize these rules, understand what they mean, and learn what to do to protect yourself. When you can do that, you can begin to protect your private, confidential, and corporate data from inquisitive eyes. Act as if it is the most normal thing in the world to expect a little privacy, because it is, just as it is when you're entering your PIN at an ATM. Better than the above is not to do any of those things when you are close enough to others that they can see what you're trying to protect, even inadvertently. While we're talking about physical security at the keyboard, password protect your laptop and set the timeout on your screensaver to a low number. Leaving your laptop behind in the hotel room while you go out for dinner or a meeting? Fine. Disconnect it from the network, power it down, and lock it.

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