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Airport at risk of ID theft

Date: February 01, 2007

We all love the convenience of Wi-Fi to stay connected anywhere our laptops take us. In fact, you may be reading this article on your wireless-enabled laptop now. But just as the availability of Wi-Fi services proliferate, so does the number of hackers ready to take advantage of unsuspecting road warriors.

Now, in addition to long check-in and security lines, the uninformed have one more thing to be anxious about at the airport - identity thieves.

Research shows that free wireless public networks located in airports and other public places are ripe for exploitation by hackers. Launch a freely available network stumbler and you will quickly see far more advertised Wi-Fi spots than are sanctioned by the airport and its tenants—these are typically consumers' computers attempting to connect.

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