How often do you sit in a local coffee shop or at an airport or at the local courthouse and access free (or not free) Wi-Fi on your laptop or smartphone? No worries? The New York Times reports on February 16, 2011 that anyone using Wi-Fi in public places should be worried not just about highly skilled government intelligence agents and nerdy teenage hackers wherever hacking into your computer. According to the NY Times, some simple software allows almost anyone sitting next to you in a public Wi-Fi spot watch you browse the Web and even assume your identity online.
Earlier posts about Wi-Fi issues published on this blog are:
10/16/2010: Beware 'Free Public WiFi'
See also Murphy, Kate. New Hacking Tools Pose Bigger Threats to Wi-Fi Users, New York Times, 2/16/2011