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iBahn Boosts Wi-Fi Hotspot Security

Posted: 05th Oct, 2005 By: MarkJ
Wi-Fi operator iBahn has completed work to better secure its public UK wireless Internet access ‘hotspots’ with WPA (802.11i) encryption:

IBahn claims it is the first wireless operator to install WPA at all its wireless hot spots, although T-Mobile announced last year that it was making a similar move. The company hopes that adopting WPA will boost its appeal with business users.

In a demonstration at a London hotel, iBahn showed that without encryption it is simple for someone using packet-sniffing techniques to obtain information, such as usernames and passwords, that are being transmitted over the network.

Graeme Powell, iBahn's managing director, explained that upgrading to WPA was a time-consuming and expensive operation. iBahn's older access points did not support two SSIDs — one for WPA, and one for other connections — so these had to be replaced.


Security is known to be one of the key concerns surrounding use of public Wi-Fi hotspots, making this move an important one. Sadly some operators still use the older and more vulnerable methods. More @ ZDNet.
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