Wireless Computing and Security

 Have you joined the wireless world?  Many people think of wireless technology as applying only to computers.  If you have a cordless phone, a garage door opener, GPS in your car, a satellite hookup for your TV, or a cell phone, then you have been using wireless technology as long as you’ve been using those items.  Surprised?  Many people are when they realize they have been using a cordless phone or garage door opener, for several years. 

In the computer world you have Laptops/Notebooks,  PDAs (personal digital assistants), wireless keyboards and mice and anything else that inter-connects without wires or batteries, that is related to a computer.

The one thing most people don’t realize is that using any of the above devices creates it’s own security problems.  Anyone using a cordless phone should realize that their phone calls can be intercepted.  Most people have no reason to worry about whether someone is listening to their calls, but there are occasions when the information discussed in a phone call is so sensitive that they should not be using a Cordless phone or cell phone to make the call.  Would you want a call to your bank intercepted? or A call to your physician? or  A call to your lawyer?  Businesses are more at risk than the average person because sensitive information is often discussed by phone, but more businesses are becoming aware of how insecure using wireless technology actually is.

If you use wireless technology, you should be aware of the Security necessary to keep your interactions over the device secure.  No matter what wireless equipment you want to use, there is wireless technology available for someone who wants to listen or steal the information you are sending over that specific equipment. Now, the information sent by a garage door opener isn’t particularly sensitive but people use phones, laptops, PDAs, keyboards etc., to exchange sensitive information with others that they don’t want to share with others. This is especially true over the Internet.

If wireless computing is in your future, make sure you pay as much attention to Security for the device as you do to choosing and purchasing a laptop.  For different ways of making sure your wireless computing is secure, please read  Wireless Security – A Timely Topic,    Wireless – Why Do I Need Security?  and  Wireless Security – How To Protect Yourself.  If a cell phone, cordless phone, wireless keyboard or mouse or any other devices is in your future, then the some security information about these devices is in   Wireless – Bluetooth Device Security.

 Securing and Protecting yourself and your information should be at the top of your list, before using the wireless device you have chosen. Sadly in this computer age, security and protection are becoming absolutely necessary before we can enjoy our ‘electronic toys’.  Identity Theft is one of the fastest growing evils of the 21st century. 

 

One thought on “Wireless Computing and Security”

  1. Bluetooth users are reasonably well covered by the 10m range (class 2) that most devices currently have. I think the real Bluetooth security risk will arise when more class 1, 100m devices turn up.

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