Unsecured wireless Internet connectio...

Unsecured wireless Internet connection, or Wi-Fi, can be an opp...

There are 49 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Jun 8, 2009, titled Unsecured wireless Internet connection, or Wi-Fi, can be an opp.... In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Locked out of his dorm at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Chuck Forbes was desperate for an open wireless Internet connection.

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camper of the saints

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#1 Jun 8, 2009
This was common knowledge 5 years ago.
Tom

San Diego, CA

#2 Jun 8, 2009
This never can happen to me, I use Scan-on-the-Go portable security card which encrypts all my data leaving my PC. Get one today and stay secure! Got mine on Amazon.com just search for Scan on the go. The company also, I think has a download on their site now if you don't want it in a form of a portable card. Network Intercept is the company and they sent me a free download version of it. They call it Secure-me does the same thing but is not portable and it is only 29.99.
Common Sense

United States

#3 Jun 8, 2009
Why do people take their laptops to sit in a Panera bread or Starbucks, in the first place?Don't they have homes, or jobs to go to?
Hugo Chavez Frias

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#5 Jun 8, 2009
We will forbid internet access in my country!
hosptial worker

Boca Raton, FL

#7 Jun 9, 2009
Common Sense wrote:
Why do people take their laptops to sit in a Panera bread or Starbucks, in the first place?Don't they have homes, or jobs to go to?
....or lives to lead.
East Las Olas

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#8 Jun 9, 2009
WOW Sun-sentinel, welcome to the turn of the century!

As someone said before this was common knowledge at LEAST 5 years ago.

Use WPA or WPA2 at home, that scan on the go thing is BS and a waste of money, when on unsecured public WiFi, VPN into your companies VPN, and browse from there, and your connection will be encrypted end-to-end.
Uh Oh

Stuart, FL

#9 Jun 9, 2009
Eh? So if you do not secure your network or you use a unsecured network for illicit purposes you won't get caught? Why would the police announce that?
Basura Blanca

Pompano Beach, FL

#10 Jun 9, 2009
Wow, this is so 2001 news.

Is the IT department at the Sun Sentinel that obsolete?
Ray

Hollywood, FL

#11 Jun 9, 2009
Dear WPA user. If you think you are secure, Google how to crack WPA. For casual use, no one will bother cracking your pass-phrase. For financial transactions where passwords are required, you are a fool to use wifi.

Scan-on-the-go is a good product but its limited to beige boxes. For mobile computing, its very limited, unless you consider lugging around a 5 pound box, mobile.
Sarcastic Bastard

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#12 Jun 9, 2009
Basura Blanca wrote:
Wow, this is so 2001 news.
Is the IT department at the Sun Sentinel that obsolete?
Lol...IT Department?

They're still shorthanded(no pun meant) in the "Pencil and Paper" department!

Maybe they should turn to CraigsList to advertise for a "Proof-Reader"!
CCP1

United States

#13 Jun 9, 2009
Uh Oh wrote:
Eh? So if you do not secure your network or you use a unsecured network for illicit purposes you won't get caught? Why would the police announce that?
The bad guys already know this.... maybe they reported just to wake up some citizenz that don't know any better???? As a LEO we see it day in and day out that people have no idea how to secure their home wi-fi. Bad guy drives by your house, checks and sees an unsecured wi-fi and goes to town using your internet connection.
Bernard Rubble

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#14 Jun 9, 2009
Common Sense wrote:
Why do people take their laptops to sit in a Panera bread or Starbucks, in the first place?Don't they have homes, or jobs to go to?
Some are homeless. Yes, some homeless have a laptop and a cell phone. However, the lack a home. It's sad, but it's real. It's part of America in 2009. Be glad you're not one of them.
Delbert

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#15 Jun 9, 2009
Common Sense wrote:
Why do people take their laptops to sit in a Panera bread or Starbucks, in the first place?Don't they have homes, or jobs to go to?
Because it is a great way to hook up with a hot woman that thinks you must be a very important power broker to be running your complex, high dollar business at such an urgent level that you cannot be offline, even when getting an overpriced coffee. The hot women don't seem to notice that 50% of the time the power broker is scanning the shop for a woman to stare at, and the other 50% of the time the power broker is scanning Craig's List for a job or sex ads. Same drama goes for the gays
glenn

United States

#16 Jun 9, 2009
This was a poorly written, almost useless article. Next time try interviewing someone who understand that folders get created automatically when you log into work with your home computer. If that counts as 'securing your network' I'd hate to see this guy's home alarm system.
glenn

United States

#17 Jun 9, 2009
Delbert wrote:
<quoted text>
Because it is a great way to hook up with a hot woman that thinks you must be a very important power broker to be running your complex, high dollar business at such an urgent level that you cannot be offline, even when getting an overpriced coffee. The hot women don't seem to notice that 50% of the time the power broker is scanning the shop for a woman to stare at, and the other 50% of the time the power broker is scanning Craig's List for a job or sex ads. Same drama goes for the gays
Wow, you sound upset. Why don't you get a coffee and enjoy some free wi-fi while you calm down?
glenn

United States

#18 Jun 9, 2009
Tom wrote:
This never can happen to me, I use Scan-on-the-Go portable security card which encrypts all my data leaving my PC. Get one today and stay secure! Got mine on Amazon.com just search for Scan on the go. The company also, I think has a download on their site now if you don't want it in a form of a portable card. Network Intercept is the company and they sent me a free download version of it. They call it Secure-me does the same thing but is not portable and it is only 29.99.
Hey Tom, who do you work for? How about a little disclosure with your adpost?
beachgal

New Orleans, LA

#19 Jun 9, 2009
Common Sense wrote:
Why do people take their laptops to sit in a Panera bread or Starbucks, in the first place?Don't they have homes, or jobs to go to?
well, my neighbor got rid of her internet when she lost her job and computer at the same time. She bought a netbook and goes to WI FI places to read the classifieds etc.
Motoko Madblood

Longwood, FL

#20 Jun 9, 2009
Wi-Fi fear mongering only makes the people who talk about look silly. As pointed out above, yes, encrypted will generally speaking, keep a passerby from using your Wi-Fi network. However, the chances are 99% of these people have no interests in your family photos or what you’re emails say. They are just looking for a place to connect. For the 1% who do care or who are just “a-holes” they can eavesdrop on your computer whether you have your Wi-Fi security on or off. That is why the programming world invented “TSL/SSL” Transport Security Layer and Secure Socket Layer.

That is the real security your computer is using when you’re shopping online or downloading email. When your computer browser address bar turns green and the little padlock icon appears, that means you have established a SSL connection (encrypted) with a server when shopping or checking your bank balance. The great thing is, you do not have to do anything. The computer does it all by itself. Of course, that was not mentioned. There are a number of other security features your computer has depending on your Internet Security software, that also deters a hacker from eavesdropping on you. Of course, depending on how bad a hacker wants to see what it is you are doing, nothing ultimately will prevent someone from hacking your system. That being said, fear mongering about unsecure Wi-Fi really is much ado about nothing.
Motoko Madblood

Longwood, FL

#21 Jun 9, 2009
How to crack any WPA/WPA-2 in 5 minutes or less, youtube video.


You will love the example pass phrase key that is hacked if you watch the video to the end. ;)
I_secure_u

Hollywood, FL

#22 Jun 9, 2009
This is caused by people that assume that they kjnow what they are doing. If you think that individuals are vulnerable, you should see some of the companies that we do. By the way, I am a hacker for hire, and regularly do penetration tests against South Florida Companies. People need to wise up, and take data security seriously. saying "I dont have anything that interesting" is VERY dangerous, foolhardy. BTW why doesnt Sun Sentinel talk to established credible security practices about this instead of some unknown one man shop? Your sources are terrible, and the credibility of this entire article is in question in my opinion.

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