YAWNA - Yet Another Wireless Networking Article

Written by Erich Heintz

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So here’s what Johnny does. First he configures his computer to use your wireless network instead of his own, taking an extra minute to make sure that he spoofs any information that may uniquely identify his computer. Next, he searches repparttar web a bit forrepparttar 142009 perfect online vendor to acquire his product. He avoidsrepparttar 142010 biggest andrepparttar 142011 smallest vendors. The largest vendors tend to be very thorough in credit card validation as they have solid resources at their disposal. The smallest vendors are often quite thorough as well as loss due to fraudulent transactions impacts them dramatically. He searches for a middle ofrepparttar 142012 road vendor, one with a reputation for lousy customer service, inrepparttar 142013 hopes they won’t bother verifying thatrepparttar 142014 shipping address is valid forrepparttar 142015 credit card being used.

Once he locates a suitable vendor he placesrepparttar 142016 order and has it shipped to your next door neighbor. Why there? Well, he doesn’t actually know thatrepparttar 142017 wireless network he is using is yours and doesn’t really care. What he does know is your next-door neighbor leaves repparttar 142018 house every morning promptly at 7:30 and doesn’t return until at least 6:00 inrepparttar 142019 evening. This leaves opportunity to safely retrieverepparttar 142020 “tried to deliver while you were out” slip that will be left behind byrepparttar 142021 parcel delivery driver. The following morning he will reattachrepparttar 142022 delivery slip torepparttar 142023 door, with instructions to leaverepparttar 142024 package onrepparttar 142025 doorstep. A few hours later he picks up his package, leaving no trail leading back to him.

Conclusion ---------- More than likely this single incident will disappear without further involving you or Johnny. The owner ofrepparttar 142026 credit card will disputerepparttar 142027 charge, andrepparttar 142028 credit card company or vendor will end up eatingrepparttar 142029 loss andrepparttar 142030 story ends. Of course, there’s alwaysrepparttar 142031 chance that some motivated investigator will followrepparttar 142032 trail back through your internet provider and ultimately to you. You may not be going to jail over it, but you’ll likely be having a few uncomfortable discussions with some gentlemen wearing badges.

The fact is this isn’t an original scenario. This type of scam has been run over and over again and dates back decades beforerepparttar 142033 internet explosion. It has dozens of variations and permutations. What is important is that this time around you have become part ofrepparttar 142034 equation. By ignorance or by apathy you are inrepparttar 142035 middle of something bad that you never imagined could have happened.

About The Author ---------------- Erich currently specializes in providing network and security solutions for small to medium businesses that frequently have to resolve the conflict of need versus budget. His commitment to precision and excellence is eclipsed only by his fascination with gadgets, particularly ones that are shiny, or that blink, or that beep. If you would like to contact Erich you can e-mail him at erich.heintz@gmail.com.

What is Wiki?

Written by S. Housley

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What can Wikis be used for? Wikis have spawned some interesting uses, includingrepparttar development of knowledge bases on both intranets andrepparttar 141971 Internet. Product documentation, tutorials and online FAQs are increasingly created using Wiki collaboration. Other collaborative Wiki projects that have been spawned include a Wiki dictionary and directory of famous quotes.

Wikitionary - Wikitionary, a collaborative project to produce a free multilingual dictionary in every language, with definitions, etymologies, pronunciations and quotations. - http://en.wiktionary.org

Wiki Quote - Wikiquote, a free online compendium of quotations in every language, including sources (where known), and translations of non-English quotes. - http://en.wikiquote.org

Ultimately, Wikis are ideally suited for internal corporate projects or committee groups, when all individuals participating haverepparttar 141972 same goals in mind. Potential exists for significant abuse when Wikis remain open in competitive areas.

Overall, Wikis are influential, shaping collaborative online content development, and are likely to become increasingly popular. Sadly, as a Wiki's popularity grows, it is likely Wiki abuse will grow.

About the Author: Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages marketing for NotePage http://www.notepage.net a wireless text messaging software company.

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