Local Politicians Say Open WiFi Should Be Illegal

from the seems-a-bit-extreme dept

It's quite well known that there are security issues with WiFi networks, but there are ways to take precautions and make yourself pretty safe. As education gets better, it the security risks shouldn't be as big a deal. However, some local politicians in Westchester County, NY have decided to go a step further. According to Guy Kewney, Westchester's County Executive is proposing a law that would basically outlaw open WiFi from any commercial business. As Kewney points out, in the description of the "problem" it appears that the politicians are a bit confused about the actual problem, mixing up a few different issues related to WiFi and security. Obviously, it's a good idea to encourage commercial WiFi providers to make their networks more secure -- but does it really need a law? Update: To clarify, since there's some confusion, by "open WiFi," we mean unsecured WiFi. They're not saying businesses can't offer WiFi, but that it has to include security. But, the examples the politicians give are all just about regular open WiFi access points.

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    tready, 4 Nov 2005 @ 4:40am

    Not that bad of an idea

    Coming from an industry that works on wifi networks I think its a great idea to make sure businesses don't have an "open" wifi connection. They aren't banning wifi in general...just the way its used to make it safer for the business. It won't keep out all "hackers" but it will keep the young inexperienced ones out that are trying to do wrong. Passwords only keep out the honest and inexperienced......

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