Wireless Hotspot Finder

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Want free wireless internet access? See if there are any spots here…

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7 Responses to Wireless Hotspot Finder

  1. Scott says:

    Yeah – I noticed the sign on Panera’s (Cloverdale) door recently. Of course when am I not around high speed access? Good to know anyway.

  2. Scott says:

    I need to hang out in Raleigh more

  3. Derek Lidbom says:

    mmm….unprotected wireless at hospitals.Scary.

  4. Josh says:

    they can’t have any patient information on any computer that has any access to the outside world…but that wireless can be an internal only system, which would then be potentially accessible. The new HIPA regulations are pretty specific about how and where patient information can be digitized.

  5. Derek Lidbom says:

    I wish that were true. It’s just not really probable anymore that there’s going to be an isolated computer network. That statement you made about patient information is just too good to be true.
    Read this:
    http://www.cms.hhs.gov/hipaa/hipaa2/regulations/security/03-3877.pdf
    Not the whole thing…I’ll copy some over…
    Page 8379 (47 of 49 in the PDF) Section 164.312(e)(1):
    Standard: Transmission Security. Implement technical security measures to guard against unauthorized access to electronic protected health information that is being transmitted over an electronic communications network.
    That sounds vague to me.
    Section 164.310 covers some physical security, but nothing requiring isolated networks, just the establishment of policies and procedures that most likely will safeguard “protected health information”.
    Not done reading? If you’re that interested, I can give you more…
    Read the comments from people who were involved in the group creating the standard in sections F and G (F starts on page 21 in the PDF) to understand the comments regarding Physical Safeguards and Technical Safeguards.
    On page 24 Section G topic 5 (right hand column), regarding “Transmission Security”:
    we proposed that “Communications/network controls” be required to protect the security of health information when being transmitted electronically from one point to another over open networks, along with a combination of mandatory and optional implementation features. We proposed that some form of encryption must be employed on “open” networks such as the Internet or dial-up lines.

    I got a little nervous that I was wading around in a document that might be unrelated or give an incomplete picture, so I did another search and came up with more evidence that HIPAA doesn’t secure data as far as many people (not just Josh) are led to believe:http://aspe.os.dhhs.gov/admnsimp/nprm/sec09.htm
    Quote:
    If this provider chooses to use the Internet to transmit or receive health information, some form of encryption must be used. For example, the provider could procure and use commercial software to provide protection against unauthorized access to the data transmitted or received. (This decision must take into account what encryption system the message recipient uses.)
    /Quote

    The internet IS going to continue to be the medium over which extremely sensitive information is passed. Safeguarding it is unbelievably difficult.
    Longest post? By far. 😀

  6. Josh says:

    well research. that infor may save our counseling center (which falls under the HIPA regulations) a ton of money. 😉

  7. Ben says:

    Just tooling around town with my wireless card, I have yet to run into a single place in Raleigh where I didnt have at least some access to an unencrypted wireless access point. At the mall, at hospitals, at resturaunts, anywhere near a neighborhood, etc….. Its rediculous what comapnies leave open these days…. its like they dont understand the security risks.

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