Prism Risk Management, LLC

Wi-FiMany businesses benefit from providing wireless internet access, commonly known as “Wi-Fi,” to their employees or customers. While some businesses may offer Wi-Fi access as a bonus to customers, such as coffee shops, others may prefer to limit access to authorized users. Allowing unknown individuals onto a wireless network can pose security problems, as hackers may be able to access other customers’ computers, or even find a way into the business’ network. One recent case has demonstrated how a criminal investigation can result when online criminal activity traces to an unsecured Wi-Fi network.

Wi-Fi technology first came into use in 1999, when the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance announced a standard for wireless internet connections. The term “Wi-Fi” was chosen as a simple way to describe the new standard. It allows users to access the internet on a computer or mobile device without cable connections, provided they are close to a…

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