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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.


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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