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Wireless computer networks (WLANs) are being used in greater numbers now than ever before. Due to the unprecedented mobility, convenience, and flexibility that the technology offers, homes, businesses, and enterprises are deploying wireless networks in increasing numbers. Unfortunately, wireless networks may also act as an open door in the network security perimeter, allowing nearby attackers to eavesdrop on confidential communications, break into the wired network, or cause other serious problems. While the term "wireless security" has become an oxymoron for some in the face of recent wireless attacks, wireless networks can be made secure. This paper aims to give a brief history of wireless security, educate the WLAN administrator about the dangerous vulnerabilities of wireless networking.
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