With the convenience of wireless technologies comes a new host of security problems. Unlike a wired network ”where security involves limiting physical access to routers, hubs, and cables ”a wireless network's most vulnerable point (the radio waves beaming through the air) has no physical substance. This makes security a challenging task.
In this book, we will take a look at the various ways to secure wireless networks, using standards such as Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), 802.1x, and 802.11i. We will also look at the security features found in the Bluetooth and Infrared technologies. Chapter 5 discusses how to communicate securely.
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Our love and thanks to our son, Sean Smith (who made more than one dinner for himself when his parents were working late), for his support and patience.
Dori would like to thank the W&S ladies for their loving kindness and virtual hugs, and the Wise-Women's Web community at http://www.
Thanks to our colleague Glenn Fleishman for pointers and connections.
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The soundtrack for this book was graciously provided (in Tom's office, at least) by Liz Phair, Aaron Copland, Lucy Kaplansky, Warren Zevon (RIP), Evanescence, Patty Griffin, Michelle Branch, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.