This is something that should have been included in wireless internet equipment from the very start. The reason is that entirely too many people buy stuff like that, take it home, hook it up and start using it without even bothering to look at the security settings… let alone do anything to make sure that just anyone with a Wireless LAN card can’t start using their internet connection or even snooping the files on their home (or business) LAN.

One thing that would have made this less needed would be if makers of wireless internet equipment had built it so that it required the security settings to be reviewed and set before using it. Then people would be much less likely to buy it and use it without even a thought to security.

Of course, that would have taken time and cost the manufacturers money and we just cannot mess with anything that will take away from the bottom line now can we?

Manufacturers will have to warn on wireless security
OUT-LAW News, 01/09/2006
California legislators have passed a law which will force makers of wireless internet equipment to include guidance on keeping data secure on wireless connections. The law now awaits signature by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

From 1st October 2007, manufacturers must place warning labels on all equipment capable of receiving Wi-Fi signals, according to the new state law. These can take the form of box stickers, special notification in setup software, notification during the router setup or through automatic securing of the connection. One warning sticker must be positioned so that it must be removed by a consumer before the product can be used.

The warnings would have to contain information on how to secure files, folders and connections. Wireless internet connections can be used by anyone with Wi-Fi capability within the range of the transmitter unless they are secured. While many users have traditionally shared their connections, leaving them open for others to use, other users are becoming increasingly concerned about the implications of ‘piggybacking’ on networks.

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