We don’t get too technical on this blog all that often. However, I thought several of you would be interested in this one.
If you run a WiFi network that should be secured (i.e. a non-public network such as in your home) you may have heard that you shouldn’t secure it with WEP, but instead use the better WPA. (Let’s not worry about what those acronyms stand for now. If you really want to know I’m sure you can look them up.) If you haven’t heard this before, you have now.
Why, well basically, WEP can be cracked with a little skill and very little time. As this article from Lifehacker shows, all you need is a Wireless adapter, some free software, and the ability to type at the command line.
Don’t want to read the whole article, here’s a 7:44 video on how to do it.
So, check the security settings on your home router. If you’re using WEP to secure your connections, change it to WPA. You’ll infinitely more secure. (Oh, and be sure to pick a good password. A crap password won’t let you be as secure as you can be.)