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Make Security a Priority in 2011: Protect Your Personal Data on Wi-Fi® Networks

AUSTIN, Texas Feb. 2, 2011

With an estimated 201 million households using Wi-Fi networks(1) and as many as 750,000 Wi-Fi hotspots available worldwide, more personal data is being carried by these networks, making Wi-Fi security paramount in importance.

In a recent poll conducted by Wakefield Research in conjunction with Wi-Fi Alliance, 40 percent of respondents said they would be more likely to trust someone with their house key than with their Wi-Fi network password. More than one quarter of those surveyed said sharing their Wi-Fi network password feels more personal than sharing their toothbrush.

December 2008

Kelly Davis-Felner

Here are a few key things that Wi-Fi users can do to secure their Wi-Fi devices and personal data:

  • Set home Wi-Fi networks for WPA2™ security
  • Look for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ products
  • Look for devices with Wi-Fi Protected Setup™
  • Create strong passwords July 7
  • Be smart about hotspot use
  • Turn off automatic connecting

Methodological note: between December 10th and December 16th, 2010

About the Wi-Fi Alliance

The Wi-Fi Alliance is a global non-profit industry association of hundreds of leading companies devoted to the proliferation of Wi-Fi technology across devices and market segments. With technology development, market building, and regulatory programs, the Wi-Fi Alliance has enabled widespread adoption of Wi-Fi worldwide.

March 2000  

Wi-Fi®, Wi-Fi Alliance®, WMM®, Wi-Fi Protected Access® (WPA), the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED logo, the Wi-Fi logo, the Wi-Fi ZONE logo, and the Wi-Fi Protected Setup logo are registered trademarks of the Wi-Fi Alliance; Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™, Wi-Fi Direct™, Wi-Fi Protected Setup™, Wi-Fi Multimedia™, and the Wi-Fi Alliance logo are trademarks of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

(1) Parks Associates. "Networks in the Home: Global Growth; A Report for the Wi-Fi Alliance."

SOURCE Wi-Fi Alliance

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