Upon digging into a network issue that happened the other day I came across some interesting facts about wireless security. Namely one which criticizes WEP (wired equivalent privacy) security which actually originated with the first generation of wireless networking equipment. The flaw is the result of the static nature of WEP keys which makes them easy to decipher. Its been reported that German researchers were able to compromise a network that used a 104-bit key in under a minute with no more than a 1.7GHz Pentium M computer. Because of these concerns it is recommended to use the newer, more robust WPA (WiFi protected access) encryption as this technology was developed because of the shortcomings of WEP.

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