Walk into any café, deli, or just about any place where you can sit down (for instance, the salon where my wife gets her hair cut), and you’ll probably be able to connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot or a wireless network. From my desk at home, I can detect 6 wireless networks. Including mine, only two of them are secure. If you wouldn’t allow someone into your home without introducing himself, then why would you give him access to your wireless network without having him at least get the password from you?
Just like the author of the recent article in Wired magazine, I really enjoy reading phishing emails. I like finding as many spelling and grammar mistakes and other abuses of the English language as I can. Do people really think that their bank was in such a rush to get the important email to them (contrary to popular belief, email is not a intended as real-time communication!) that they would misspell words and make other really, really basic mistakes?! Would you really do business with your bank if they couldn’t even send you a letter without making spelling mistakes? Even if you do miss the spelling mistakes and the more sophisticated tip-offs (such as the email of the sender and others that can be difficult to detect), simply follow the rule that no legitimate business is going to ask you for your login and password information in an email! If you have any doubts about a suspicious email, or anything that asks you to ‘confirm’ your private data, simply call the company to confirm that the message came from them. If the communication is legitimate, they will work with you to ensure that you are satisfied that the interaction is legitimate.
The way technology seems to permeate everything we do these days makes it very easy to forget about being careful. The latest posts in the news section emphasize nicely the importance of being aware (or alert or conscious) of what is and isn’t reasonable in terms of basic security.