Wi-Fi is one of those things that has become so ubiquitous that it can be extremely easy to just forget to turn it off on your mobile device before you leave a building. Unfortunately a Wi-Fi network can be super easy to compromise if configured incorrectly and thus any traffic users send across it can be suspect.
In our organizations and homes, we want to be as sure as possible that we don’t get malicious users connecting and attempting to sniff legitimate traffic or worse. Today we’re going to be going over the history of Wi-Fi security, along with some additional options that can potentially be used to strengthen our protection and authentication levels.
security standards — no security?
If you’ve ever been to a coffee shop, a hotel or similar public space with a big sign that read ‘Open Wi-Fi’, that sign really should be saying ‘Do Not under Any Circumstances Connect to This Network‘. Open Wi-Fi means zero passwords required- you just locate the network on your device, hit connect and you’re on.
While it very likely isn’t the intention of that place to cause issues, the fact that it is wide open