War Driving, WiFi and Packet Sniffing

At CivicActions we know all about open WiFi networks, and I often get asked by friends about “internet security” and specifically, how secure their activities are when they are on open networks. David Pogue covered the issue in his column today.

While he believes his wifi traffic is not worth snooping (“Frankly, I consider the details of my life so boring to other people that I really couldn’t care less. I’ve got nothing to hide, so why not accept it?”) he disabused his readers of any notion that their WiFi traffic was generally safe from snooping eyes.

It’s a good column to send to friends and family who might just make a new years resolution to make stronger passwords, or stop sending secur information in unencrypted emails, or not know what the little lock icon means.