Unsecured wifi might be contributory negligence

Igor Mozolevsky mozolevsky at gmail.com
Sun Feb 19 21:02:50 GMT 2012

On 19 February 2012 20:21, Ian Batten <igb at batten.eu.org> wrote:
> On 19 Feb 2012, at 20:02, Igor Mozolevsky wrote:
>> On 19 February 2012 19:42, Ian Batten <igb at batten.eu.org> wrote:
>>> On 19 Feb 2012, at 19:28, Igor Mozolevsky wrote:
>>>> I was thinking more of people who live on income support/council
>>>> estates and the "older" generation...
>>> They weren't buying laptops prior to WPA2 being common place.
>> What makes you say that?
> Because the first mass-market integrated WiFi solution was the Intel
> 2100 MiniPCI card, which was released in late 2002.  That does WPA2
> with Windows XP SP3.   There's a Broadcom card of a similar vintage,
> that also does WPA2 with up-to-date drivers.    Prior to the MiniPCI
> cards, you needed to use PCMCIA cards.   I don't believe that laptops
> were being purchased as consumer items in 2002, and especially not
> with PCMCIA cards to add wireless.


If end-user WPA2-capability is so widespread then, is the problem of
open and unsecured wifi APs so widespread and causes so many problems
that the passing of appropriate legislation is warranted?

Igor M.

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