A week or so ago we did a little war flying project over Kelowna and found 741 or so 802.11x networks from 1100-2000’ AGL. An interesting little venture to say the least. It appears almost nobody uses WEP, or even renames the SSID of their router from the default (ie: Linksys, SMC, Dlink, Netgear etc. etc. )… Do these people even know about WEP or MAC filtering? Do you think outlets such as Futureshop, Staples and Office Depot should be pushed to give out detailed documentation with their products to warn people of the risks associated with unprotected wireless networks, or should the buyer be-ware? I’ll bet just about anywhere in town you could tap into a neighbours network and scam a free Telus or Shaw high speed connection for the cost of the hardware. I don’t use WEP… it’s a pain in the ass, neither my Netgear or Linksys routers came with any usefull information on how to set it up and use it anyway… Why should I bother? I do use MAC filtering though, and my SSID broadcast is turned off, not that it helps all that much against delinquent geeks like myself… Are we as dumb consumers, expected to surf the web in search of instructions or facts about this stuff? I’m just kinda curious what you all think.
Here’s a somewhat ugly image of the city with the APs plastered in Green and Red. Green meaning WEP enabled (with or without a password), Red meaning not WEP enabled.
And as always, I have this stuff posted on my lonely website, Topgungamers.com
Direct link to the thread is RIGHT HERE.