Wi-Fi Boom Makes Life Easier for Computer Hackers

    Date20 Jan 2005
    Posted ByJoe Shakespeare
    Wireless networks giving computer users Internet access from anywhere in the home could expose them to eavesdropping, and programmers should make their security software easier to use, researchers say.

    "Wi-Fi networks leave home computer users open to unprecedented levels of security breaches," New Scientist magazine said on Wednesday.

    Most wireless networks come with security features to prevent snoopers reading e-mails and other documents, but many people don't use them because they are difficult to implement.

    Other users don't change default passwords set by manufacturers, which many hackers may know, the magazine said.

    Company wireless networks may also not be safe from hackers, it added, citing a 2002 poll that showed about 70% of company networks weren't encrypted.

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