Alleged Wi-Fi Risks Are Nonsense

This is a slightly odd article, in that it is really about Cory Doctorow’s opinion of WiFi, though the article does almost nothing to establish Doctorow as any sort of expert in WiFi. They just talk about how he’s a well known “blogger”. However, his specific points describing why all the security fears about WiFi are untrue are worth reading, just so you know what to say next time someone tells you that WiFi is unsafe. He also makes the point, which we’ve tried to make here a few times, that the real “security risk” isn’t open WiFi networks, but that someone else on your network is reading your data. This is a security risk that isn’t often talked about, while silly, unproven, and unlikely ones like mysterious roaming spammers using your WiFi to send out spam get press coverage.

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