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Convince my Boss that no password on wifi is a bad Idea... (he is apple guy)


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#1 cbbeast

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 10:54 PM

So my boss thinks his no password wifi network for our work group is totally safe. We have lost 2 computers to viruses of late and still I hear from them "are you sure that your not downloading a virus" when I do standard updates like "windows update" and "Secunia" software to update some older of our office computers vulnerable programs. Like my updating is somehow related to the problems.

HERE IS MY REQUEST.

Someone please write a reasonable letter to explain the importance of a password protected wifi network, as I have done my best.

(Side note, today one co-worker told me he was 'very angry' that his computer had been updated with newer versions of Thunderbird and Firefox. I replied that it's not really an option to run older versions safely")

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 09:14 AM

Have you used other arguments besides malware (of which I don't see the relation, unless you're implying someone is connecting to your WiFi network to infect your machines)?

- is your monthly download unlimited? If not, your boss will have to pay extra when your WiFi network is used by third parties to download large files, like movies.
- if a third party uses your WiFi network to commit a (cyber)crime and there is an investigation, you'll need to prove there was a third party, and that it wasn't an staff member who committed the crime.
- the information exchanged between your computers is not encrypted, a third party can eavesdrop.

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 09:29 AM

If unauthorized users are using the WiFi, there can will be a significant decrease of speed when using your Internet connection. That can impact work productivity.
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