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Sophos Researcher Suggests Password ‘Free’ to Spur Wi-Fi Encryption

November 9th, 2010 11:32 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

An anonymous reader writes “In the wake of concerns about FireSheep sniffing credentials from people using unencrypted public WiFi hotspots, a security researcher has proposed that the problem does not just lie with big websites like Facebook, but also with those who provide free wireless internet access. Chet Wisniewski, a researcher at security firm Sophos, proposes that all free WiFi hotspots should be encrypted — with the password ‘free.’ ”I propose standard adoption of WPA2 and a default password of “free.” Whenever you wish to connect to complimentary WiFi, you select “Courtyard Marriott” or “Starbucks” like you always have, but you are then prompted for a password. Just type “free”. It’s not hard. In fact, operating system vendors could even program your PC to automatically try the password “free” before prompting you for a password on the assumption that you might be selecting a free service.’”

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