Six of ten WiFi networks are insecure

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Almost 60 percent of WiFi networks have no security system at all, according to Panda Software in its "Security in Wireless Networks" report.

The conclusions of the study are clear: Security on WiFi networks is insufficient, said Panda. While the most widely used protocol for the security of the network, Wired Equivalent Privacy, has many vulnerabilities, the most effective protocols, such as WiFi Protected Access or WPA-PSK, are hardly used at all, the report reveals.

PandaLabs was able to verify this through a series of war driving surveys carried out internationally. Sixty percent of networks lacked protection, according to the results. 

"This survey highlights security levels in wireless networks, examining security methods and how their design limitations, or even incorrect configurations, can make them vulnerable," said Luis Corrons, director of PandaLabs. "This will enable users to avoid the dangers that lie in waiting if the correct measures are not taken while deploying a WiFi network.

"Although wireless networks have not been exploited extensively for malicious ends, it would seem clear that users are not sufficiently aware of the threat this poses to security. This is a highly sensitive issue for companies - if corporate networks using WiFi are not correctly protected, the scope of the potential attack is increasingly dangerous, as security could be compromised across the company because the WiFi networks represent an entry point for malware and targeted attacks," Corrons added.

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