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Aug 31 2010   1:33PM GMT

Snapshot 2010: Hotspots are not secure, free Wi-Fi coming to planes, and CWNP exam re-takes?!

Kevin Beaver Kevin Beaver Profile: Kevin Beaver

Here are a few wireless network-related stories I recently came across that piqued my interest – and will hopefully do the same for you:

Experts Warn That Public Wi-Fi Is Not Always Secure: Breaking news! Wireless Internet access that’s not under your direct control is risky. Fascinating. Yeah, we’ve known that for nearly a decade. I wrote about public Wi-Fi and why I’m not too crazy about using it last week in my discussion about KeyWiFi. I suppose the popularity of “free” Wi-Fi (Thanks, Starbucks!) is drawing out the masses and people need to be reminded of the dangers.

When Will Wi-Fi in the Sky Truly Take Off?: An airline technology consultant thinks we may see free Wi-Fi on airplanes as early as next year. Personally I’m not looking forward to everyone using the Internet on planes. We’re cramped in there enough…and bandwidth is already limited. Free Wi-Fi will just be another one of those annoyances that’ll encourage me to drive or stay home. I suspect it’ll go something like this: Wi-Fi on planes will be free until the airlines will realize their connections can’t handle the capacity. Either way, is the writing on the wall for Gogo?

Free 2nd shot voucher on all CWNP Exams from May 1 – August 31, 2010: So you failed a recent CWNP exam? Or, perhaps you’re thinking about taking a CWNP exam but you’re afraid you’re going to fail (I have heard they’re pretty difficult)? No worries, the great folks at CWNP, Inc. are offering up this safety net you can’t refuse. I don’t know if this is a sign of the economy, the level of experience of the people taking the exams, or just Kevin Sandlin realizing that the tests that Devin Akin wrote are just too darned difficult! Whatever the case, the CWNP program is a great program and worth checking out if wireless drives your career.

Kevin Beaver is an independent information security consultant, expert witness, author, and professional speaker with Atlanta-based Principle Logic, LLC and a contributor to the IT Watch Blog. He can be reached through his website at www.principlelogic.com.

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