AirDefense Describes Lack of Client Security at WiFi Show

Not a huge surprise (though, perhaps, due to the venue), but at the latest 802.11 Planet Conference & Expo very few WiFi users were protecting themselves. Only 12% (!!) used a VPN, and there were a number of attempts at “man-in-the-middle” attacks, including three that were supposedly successful. I still think that people are missing the real security issue about WiFi. While everyone focuses on why corporations should secure their access points – most users have no idea that the real vulnerability is through their laptops. I still can’t believe we haven’t seen more “personal VPN” offerings (akin to “personal firewalls”) that would let anyone (not just those using a corporate VPN) connect securely through any WiFi access point.

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