Sunday, August 10, 2008

Las Vegas: be careful with motel wireless (that includes casinos)


Brian Krebs added a column on wireless security to his “Security Fix” collection on The Washington Post online, based on another presentation at the Las Vegas “Black Hat” conference. His column is called “Wireless Awareness: Don’t Be a Sheep”. It’s getting to be a sin to access personal information or use important passwords in an unsecured wireless environment without a secure connection. That is, “https” rather than “http”.
His column is here.
He also reports that a number of security professionals at the conference didn’t “walk their own walk.” (my paraphrase – I could add “with the Lord”).

I’ve noticed that Microsoft Front Page 2003 gives me a warning about lack of encryption when I sign on to it. It probably doesn’t matter at home over land broadband with a McAfee (and Windows) firewall (and all the XP fixes), but it would in a motel wireless network. Soon, I’ll have to find out how Expression Web handles this.

Ah, motel wireless. It reminds me of the 1980 horror film "Motel Hell." I just have to quote the tagline, it's such a fond memory: "It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent fritters." Maybe it takes all kinds of sheep.

Picture: All of Arlington's fire trucks are red now, not yellow any more.

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