One of the greatest issues as the wireless world grows is that of safety of data particularly personal data. Numerous people do what they call war-driving to find an open WiFi network to get their emails whilst traveling, even though this is a typical practice, it is against the law. There are hacker groups and IT security conferences that individuals go to, where the retailer type IT individuals also show up and talk about these issues. The ramifications of business data falling in the hands of a competitor or snooping opportunist hacker are extremely fantastic. Many of us take several Wireless Online Newsletters and study the white papers on the security issues as well. Certainly this is a problematic problem for businesses.
I appear to recall sitting in a Wal-Mart parking lot with a Starbucks next door in a strip center in my motor home and obtaining the Grocery Store Across the street, the gas station and a Mail Boxes Etc. Certainly I got a couple of others too, which appear to be encoded, but most had been completely open, which means I could start surfing anytime I had felt like it. Getting T-Mobile Service I logged on legally to the method as usual, but I could have effortlessly took up totally free bandwidth elsewhere that day.
I think that many individuals purchase these OTC peripherals and Linksys kind systems and then merely put them in and turn them on. I understand that 1 big Home Improvement Sore did this and has fixed their units, but they were wide open. Many little companies all about are open, but probably do not care. Some purposely blast WiFi to increase customer base and do so on different separate air-gapped systems from their store operations, if you take Bitpipe online you can get the latest white papers on these things. You should sign up for online security white papers.
The FCW.com White Paper Library is powered by Bitpipe, Inc., the leading syndicator of in-depth Information Technologies Literature. There was recently a case in Florida exactly where someone was "War Driving" to pick up WiFi signals and stopped in front of someone's house turns out he inadvertently loaded some applications and the icons ended up on the host computer as nicely. The police came and arrested him. In Silicon Valley this went on fairly a bit, two-guys who kind of invented the concept went from company to company and did just that and then went into the company to pitch their services. Although this was great and a win/win, these days the FBI Higher-Tech Crimes Division is all more than it.
In fact 1 recent GAO report and several articles in Federal Pc Weekly, GovExec.com and other oversight newsletters are quite worried as over 1/3 of all government wireless networks are somewhat unsecured. I have discussed this and had a conversation with a hacker turned safety computer consultant. Apparently WEP or other such encryption is not even close to safe.