There has been much press recently about the security issues of Wireless LAN technology known as 802.11b/g or WIFI. It is true that if the user uses the default settings with most WIFI products it is very easy for an outsider to get onto the network. However, just changing a few settings can make the network secure.
The wireless system CaribServe.NET uses is completely different than 802.11 or WIFI technology. We use the Canopy Wireless System that is developed by Motorola. This Motorola system has 3 features that make it very secure.
- Proprietary: The Motorola system uses completely proprietary technology for the Radio Frequency signals as well as the data protocols. So a potential hacker would first have to reverse engineer the Motorola radio equipment.
- Authentication: No Motorola radio can communicate with our tower without first having its Electronic Serial Number authenticated against our list of allowed radios.
- Encryption: The Motorola Canopy encrypts the user data over the air using 128 bit DES encryption.
These characteristics make our service at least as secure as DSL or Cable modem systems. As an example, it would probably be easier to tap into your phone line outside your home than hack through the encryption.