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Dec 18 2009   2:00PM GMT

Is that network insecure or unsecure?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
The bottom line seems to be that you can’t browse securely on an ________ network.
a. insecure
b. unsecure

Answer: a.

According to most sources, unsecure is not a word. Describing a network as insecure makes it sound like it needs assertiveness training but that’s the form to use. Here’s a snapshot of usage online:

Google poll:
unsecure network: 47,500 hits
insecure network: 53,400
non-secure network: 621,000

Non-secure is the clear winner, although it’s not really a widely-accepted term. However, these things aren’t decided by Google poll — at least not yet — so use insecure.

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  • Ivy Wigmore
    I'm glad the US government agrees with me. Thanks for letting me know!
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  • Roborant
    If I do that I get: "insecure network": 319,000 hits "unsecure network": 46,000 hits "non-secure network": 519,000 hits Did you include the search term in quotes for this? However instead of "unsecure network", google suggests "unsecured network" which generates 300,000 hits. Personally I prefer that.
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  • Roborant
    Also, without quotes, google automatically shows results for unsecured network instead of non-secured network.
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  • Ivy Wigmore
    I got 318,000 for "insecure network" this morning. Not sure how I got just 53,4000 when I posted -- that information's lost in the mists of time now. I messed up somehow, though, clearly. :) I think "unsecured network" [I]sounds[/I] better but seems to my ear to imply a network that has no security measures implemented, whereas an insecure, unsecure or non-secure network might just not be effectively protected.
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  • LJN
    Using the number of google hits for a definition is daft. Hits don't indicate accuracy, it indicates how many times people look at something.
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