More than half the wireless LAN access points located in a drive-by test have no encryption, raising the possibility that data could be monitored or captured. Of the 1,137 wireless nets that were found in Atlanta, Chicago, and San Francisco, 57% were not encrypted, according to AirDefense Inc. (www.airdefense.net), a company specializing in WLAN security. In Atlanta, only 8% of all traffic was encrypted, though in the other cities most nets with high volume that might typify business usage did have encryption to hide information from others. So, we won't be surprised if the Atlanta courts fill up with corporate espionage cases.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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