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Here's how Army Lt. Col. Clifton H. Poole, who teaches classes on wireless security at the National Defense University, gets his kicks on I-66: Several times a month, Poole turns on a laptop computer in his car as he commutes between his Reston home and the university campus at Fort McNair in Southwest Washington. As he drives, a software program records the number of "hot spots," areas where wireless transmitters allow Internet access over the air. The results, Poole says, scare him.
The assumption that all of the wireless access points come with the WEP disabled by default is false. Microsoft's Wireless Base Stations do come with WEP-128 enabled by default.
WEP is not secure, do a quick web search and you will see how easy it is to hack WEP, even 128-bit.
Though I think it's important to run these stories so that people will become aware that they need to secure their networks, it's completely irresponsible to not discuss the fact that networks can be secured either via WPA (which is now available and not something "being worked on") or with a VPN.
Otherwise it's just the same tired story that everyone else is writing.