2008 01 11
An open wireless network


Posted by in: Computers, etc., Wireless

This column by super duper security guru Bruce Schneier argues that there’s nothing terribly problematic about leaving your home wireless network open. My first inclination when I set up my wireless network was to leave it open, so long as it wasn’t being abused by neighbours. Like Schneier, I’ve had my ass totally saved in the past because a neighbour left his or her wireless network open, and I wanted to be able to return the favour to the universe. I eventually secured my connection, in spite of the fact that it’s a pain every time a friend comes over with a new laptop, because so many experts seemed to warn against an open network. Schneier does a great job of addressing the basic concerns, so I’m now thinking seriously of switching back to an open wireless network.

By the way, this link in Schneier’s piece is pretty funny.


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