We took one man, a bike, a computer, a GPS, two dynamos and some solar panels to the streets of London to see how many unsecured wireless networks we could find. The results will amaze you.
Searching for wireless networks by car is known as wardriving, while our Project Warbike analyzing Wi-Fi security throughout London was a greener experiment (and surely faster).
We found that unsecured wireless networks are still an issue that needs tackling. Of the nearly 107,000 wireless networks we surveyed, we discovered that 27% have poor, or no, security.
Keeping it legal
We only collected high-level data within the confines of the law to understand the general state of wireless security. Unfortunately, cybercriminals don’t have similar ethical standards. What they do have are a lot of sneaky tools in their arsenals.
Detecting wireless networks requires specific practices to avoid breaking the law. Our objective was to collect general statistics about wireless security. We did this in a non-damaging, non-invasive way that didn’t require individual sign-off. Here are more details on how we collected the data in a legally compliant and responsible way.
Securing your wireless network
Learn how UTM Wireless Protection can simplify the operation and security of your wireless network. Our UTM appliance works as a wireless controller to centralize wireless network management and security. Sophos Access Points are automatically set up and configured by the UTM appliance. And all wireless clients receive complete UTM protection.