Unsecure Wireless Access Everywhere You Go
This convenience comes, however, with a potential risk. Most of the airport, coffee shop and hotel hotspots are unsecure, meaning a hacker can tap into your computer and have a look at what you are doing – including entering your credit card as you shop.
â€œThe primary security danger of a wireless network, especially a public one, is information theft. Unsecured wireless networks allow even a novice thief the ability to capture personal information sent over the network without the sender or intended receivers knowing or giving permission,â€ says Mark McFadden, instructor of the Wireless Network Security and IT technology courses at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education
I have been using the Linksys WTR54GS Wireless G Travel Router when I travel as it offers some nice features including a built in firewall and standard wireless encryption. I also turn off files sharing and peer to peer networking on my laptop. Determined and experienced thieves can probably still hack this set-up, but not casually.
Another thing I like about this tool is that when I stay at a hotel with wired broadband I can hook into that and still have secure wireless access if I want to work out on the patio or somewhere else in my room. If I like I can also connect other wireless devices such as a printer or PDA.
Here are some tips for securing wireless networks and connections from the Department of Homeland Security