Gone are the days where the wireless encryption (used by most routers) relied upon for security to protect your privacy on the internet and wireless networks.
The WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) encryption which made its debut in the late 1990’s, has long since expired as a secured means for communication on a wireless network. Between the 2000 and 2004, this encryption level was hacked.
WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) the predecessor to the WEP encryption level, which is widely used as the mainstay for today’s wireless security configurations, has now been cracked. In November of 2008 network security researchers managed to compromise the TKIP (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol) that is used by WPA for secured communications.
If you are accessing a wireless network, is it configured with WPA or WEP? Most people don’t check these things out before they start using wireless networks that don’t belong to them; they are more concerned about making a connection, than the security that connection may provide.
If the wireless network you are using has been compromised, then everything website you visit, every username and password you enter, every email you read, and even the items you download, can be monitored, recorded or even captured by someone for their own financial gain.
How can you protect your identity and privacy while using a wireless network? There are numerous ways that can be very tedious, and then there is the easy way. One of tedious ways would be to only access websites that are secured using SSL, but then again, many still require you to enter a user name and password before the secured connection is established.
The easy way to protect your identity and privacy while using a wireless network is to use a program called Covert Surfer.
Cover Surfer allows you to surf the internet anonymously and securely by encrypting the data that leaves your computer through the program, and decrypting it when data is received. It is truly the Global Internet Security Tool which keeps your data safe and cyber spies away from your personal information.
Simply Put – Surf Naked and become a statistic, or use Covert Surfer and limit your chances.