A recent poll, conducted by Wakefield Research, suggests that 32 percent of folks out there have admitted to trying to access a Wi-Fi network that belongs to someone else. That low?
The numbers have increased from previous polls . Back in December 2008, 18 percent of of folks had admitted to trying to access other people’s Wi-Fi networks.
The Wi-Fi Alliance, an industry group whose goal consists of “driving adoption of a single worldwide standard for high-speed wireless local area networking,” has used the opportunity to remind people of the obvious.
•If at all possible don’t use WEP (which can be cracked in only a few minutes, and I’m speaking from experience here)
• Don’t use simple passwords that could be easily attacked with a dictionary attack (“password,” “password123,” etc.)
And here’s one more tip: don’t use public Wi-Fi networks to do any “serious” Internetting. All it takes is one wise guy running a man-in-the-middle attack to steal your private information.