Is your home wireless network secure? On a drive about town, I noticed that about one fifth of home routers are completely open and perhaps half are under-secured.
Used to be, this was because home users didn't know how to configure their routers. But now, Comcast is turning home networks
into public hotspots unless customers -- few of whom even know about this -- specifically opt out. This article
discusses the problems with this.
U.S. courts may hold you responsible if someone uses your wireless network -- without your knowledge or permission -- to illegally download music, movies, or software. People have even been raided by SWAT teams
and convicted for downloading child pornography
Is Comcast's project a bold move towards free wi-fi everywhere? Or is it a security outrage?
Meanwhile, here's a simple tutorial
on how to secure your home wireless network.