More Wifi Security At Home Than At Work?

Last week I posted about how, while driving my sons into town for Noah to attend band camp, they found 100+ wifi hotspots, and only 12 of them were secured according to their macbook lock icons.
This was in a primarily business area, with lots of small to medium sized businesses along the road, strip mall type of shops, and a large shopping mall.
This week while driving my sons into a different part of town for Heath to attend

basketball camp, in a heavily populated residential area closer to downtown Des Moines, through low- to medium-income neighborhoods, with only a couple of businesses (such as gas stations and a small restaurant or two), my sons found 64 wifi hotspots, and only 4 were *UNSECURED*!
I find this very interesting. So, people have better wireless security in their homes than at their work…!?
This brought many different questions and thoughts to mind…

  • Are people, in general, more diligent about information security in their homes than most business are about security in the office?
  • Did the people in this part of town use the same company to set up their wifi service, and that company did an exceptional job of ensuring the wifi access was configured securely? And/or, did the company do an exceptional job of educating their customers of the need for wifi security?
  • Did the company setting up the businesses’ wifi access last week, in the other part of town, fail in protecting their customers when they got installed their wifi?
  • Has the wifi in the businesses been around longer, and implemented before security was as much of a concern, and the homes just recently got wifi installed, and people are more security savvy now?
  • Heath’s (8 yrs old) theory, “Maybe the people who have it in their homes are all afraid their neighbors will steal their Internet connection so they wouldn’t have to pay! And maybe the businesses just don’t care.”
  • Noah’s (11 yrs old) theory (asked separately from Heath), “Well, people know they have a lot of other people living around them, and they don’t want them stealing something that THEY paid for. But, businesses are out in the open, and they don’t think about security or worry about someone getting on their network when they are more out in the open.”

I think Heath and Noah hit it on the head.
What do you think?
If I had the time and resources, it would be very interesting to do thorough research throughout all parts of the metro area to see where wifi security appears to be best, and where it seems to be most lax, and then compare the demographics…

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