On a recent trip I took my iPhone conmigo with the intent of using local coffee shops, restobars, and other public locations to access the Interwebs. Upon arriving at my destination, I took a dump and hit up the WiFi. Hmm, all these SSIDs are password protected. I asked my host for the SSID and password. The former was far more complex than the latter. A-B-C-D-E-1-2-3-4-5. “For real?” “Si.” My investigation into the nature of the chosen algorithm turned up a reasonable answer, “It’s what the directions said to do when I set up the router.”
This business is not the only one at risk. When my wife and I arrived at our foreign apartment, I fired up WiFiFoFum, a WiFi scanner app that searches for 802.11 networks. Immediately, a WPA-protected network appeared. Please enter password. Sure, A-B-C-D-E-1-2-3-4-5. Bam! I’m connected. I checked my mail, some social sites, the news, downloaded a few apps, and even listened to the Bears/Vikings game via Pocket Tunes. But wait, there’s more! Wireless connectivity isn’t just limited to the SSID password.