The security of Wi-Fi has largely been a joke. Wireless vendors have routinely shipped their products with all of their security features turned off, rather than take support calls from end users when things didn’t work. Fortunately, the pieces are now in place for you to have safe and secure Wi-Fi networking, wherever you may roam.
The latest piece to arrive is Microsoft support for WPA2 — Wi-Fi Protected Access 2. With the release of WPA2 client software for Windows XP earlier this month, you can now use the strongest form of Wi-Fi protection available without downloading third-party software. (Inexplicably, Microsoft’s client doesn’t support Windows 2000 or any other version of Windows. I’ll explain below how to achieve protection on non-XP systems.)
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