Is WiFi Security Easy To Crack?

…in a word YES, if you know how.

Go into any Starbucks, or similar, coffee shop on a busy day and you will notice many folks sitting down with their laptops and Netbooks using the free (usualy) WiFi.

It is truly scary to think how many of those laptops I could easily invade whilst sitting there myself, armed only with a Windows laptop and some free software available for download via the Internet.

Or, another scenario is driving through a town/city looking for businesses with wireless networks that are either unsecured or poorly secured.

Perhaps even sitting in a hotel room all day connected to the free WiFi and slipping in and out of other folks laptops.

Wireless networks are everywhere today, even many homes now have them…. and yet I see SO MANY that can easily be hacked into and sensitive data such as passwords to online banking stolen.

I am not trying to be alarmist here, just trying to provide a wake up to the home user/small business user who are basically targets waiting to be found by cyber criminals!

Did you know anyone can learn enough skills to become a half-decent cyber criminal just by spending a day on YouTube.com ?

Don’t believe me? …just look at some of these Video titles:

# Hacking WiFi Passwords with Cowpatty…

# Vista Security Hacks…

# How to Steal WPA-PSK keys…

# Bypass Local Windows Logins with a Kernel Modifying Boot CD…

# Bypass Your Corporate or University Firewalls…

# WiFi Packet Sniffing…

# Intercepting Passwords on a Network…

# Cracking Wireless Passwords…

# How to Hack a Friends Computer…

# How to Steal Data from WiFi Connected Laptops in a Coffee Shop…

# Making Money by Infecting Internet PCs with Malware…

…and yet many security threats can be limited just by knowing a few simple steps.

There are many websites that can help you just Google some security terms and then read through the many pages. Or, you could grab my latest guide aimed at helping Windows PC users to NOT becoming a victim of CyberCrime: PC Security Bootcamp.

Kind Regards

Marc Liron – Microsoft MVP

Digital Photocopiers Loaded With Secrets

At a warehouse in New Jersey, 6,000 used copy machines sit ready to be sold. CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian reports almost every one of them holds a secret.

Nearly every digital copier built since 2002 contains a hard drive – like the one on your personal computer – storing an image of every document copied, scanned, or emailed by the machine.

In the process, it’s turned an office staple into a digital time-bomb packed with highly-personal or sensitive data.

If you’re in the identity theft business it seems this would be a pot of gold.

“The type of information we see on these machines with the social security numbers, birth certificates, bank records, income tax forms,” John Juntunen said, “that information would be very valuable.”

All the major manufacturers offer security or encryption packages on their products. One product from Sharp automatically erases an image from the hard drive. It costs $500.

But evidence keeps piling up in warehouses that many businesses are unwilling to pay for such protection, and that the average American is completely unaware of the dangers posed by digital copiers.

…watch this short but shocking report:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pIFUOav2xE[/youtube]

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Marc liron – Microsoft MVP

Report Claims a New PC is Infected Every 5 Seconds

A new survey on the state of internet security has found a large increase in malware and suggested that a new PC is infected every 4.6 seconds.

The Symantec report, which covers 2009, highlighted a number of trends across the year, one of which is the shift in malicious activity to emerging countries.

Another major trend was the increase in availability of DIY toolkits such as Zeus that allowed novice hackers to carry out cyber crime.

Overall the United States was the country with the highest levels of malicious activity. The UK came sixth in the chart, down from fourth place the year before.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZwfyHnWqH0[/youtube]

Kind Regards

Marc Liron – Microsoft MVP