Global security specialist praises UAE research into wireless security
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Global internet security specialist, Trend Micro, has praised The American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, for its research into the security levels of wireless internet connections in the region.
The research, led by Dr Fadi Aloul, demonstrated a range of risks associated with using an unsecured wireless internet connection.
The most common and apparently "least serious" problem was the risk of an unsecured wireless connection enabling someone to use another's Internet access without paying. However, experts are keen to stress that, once internet access has been hijacked in this way, all manner of problems can follow.
These include the potential for an individual's connection to be used to impersonate that person, or the problem of malicious users using fake connections to obtain passwords, bank details or worse.
Dr. Aloul's research was not restricted to the form that different malicious attacks on Wi-Fi computing can take. Simultaneously, the research team established a set of figures to quantify the extent to which simple protective measures are not being taken.
For instance, the default name of a device - known as the Service Set Identifier (SSID) - should be changed in order to reduce unauthorized access. Whereas three quarters of the names in Dubai had been changed, in Sharjah this figure falls to just over half.
The uneven application of security methods in the United Arab Emirates mean that the dishonest and malicious can operate with greater degrees of freedom, according to their geographical location.
"The University of Sharjah should be congratulated for leading this pioneering project to examine the security risk inherent in wireless internet connections. The area is under-explored but, as wireless technology becomes almost ubiquitous across the region, it is clear there is a real and present security risk," said Justin Doo, Managing Director Trend Micro Middle East/North Africa.
Globally, Trend Micro is recognised as one of the leaders in wireless security. Among the key steps the company's leading technicians recommend are changing the SSID number and password from the default setting to a memorable and difficult-to-crack combination.
They also strongly suggest setting up Media Access Control (MAC) filtering, so that only specific computers have permission to use your network, based on their MAC addresses. Finally, they recommend deploying encryption protocols, such as WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) and WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access).
Web-based threats are seen as one of the greatest growth areas in the field of malware, and Trend Micro is a pioneer in the field of ‘break the infection link' technology what ensures that users' Web Experience is safer and more reliable.
The company has even developed a "virtual keyboard" function, which enables users to type passwords and critical data onscreen using a mouse. This prevents malicious users from hacking into systems and copying key strokes to steal information.
Trend Micro's most recent edition of its popular Trend Micro Internet Security 2007 incorporates a unique Wi-Fi Intrusion Detection, an innovative security feature that alerts you when an intruder uses your Wi-Fi connection.
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