Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid
If you think your net connection is secure, look outside.Wireless is the ultimate in mobility, but it comes at a cost. Case in point: I was riding the bus on Mission Street in San Francisco the other day, happily writing an article when I hit Second Street. My Cisco Aironet 350 client adapter beamed to life and I had Internet access. Someone, somewhere close had an 802.11 access point configured and my computer was communicating with it. And as quickly as it came, it went. I had hacked, and I wasnt even trying! My interest piqued, I returned to the spot on foot the next morning, laptop in hand and accompanied by unsettling stares from strangers.
Not only could I get access to the Internet, but I also explored Network Neighborhood and found workgroups such as Diabolicworld and WetFeet. In Workgroupmy workgroupI even explored a computer named Kristy by typing in the user name "administrator" with no password.