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Millions of BT internet users 'open to hackers'?

This article was published in May 2008. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Computer WiFiYou may have seen this recent sensational headline in The Daily Telegraph. As usual, the truth is a little different from the headline.

The article states that 'Criminals could use software easily downloaded from the internet to crack passwords and change settings on the company's popular Home Hub system in as little as five seconds, experts warned. One specialist stated that customers could be living in a "false paradise"'.

The reality is that BT home hubs are usually delivered to home users with a security setting known as WEP switched on. Unfortunately the ability to crack WEP security has been known for some time, but it does require knowledge, special tools and the "hacker" to be situated within physical range of your BT home hub.

The fact that the hacker needs to be physically within range of your BT home hub (i.e. a few tens of metres away) means that the risk of someone taking the time to do this is very small, so there is no need to panic.

To remedy this small risk by changing a setting on your BT home hub is very simple, and details of how to do it are explained on BT's help page at You may also need to update any wireless devices connected to the BT home hub.

WiFi Theft

This article was published in April 2007. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

With all the coverage recently of people being arrested for WiFi theft, you may be wondering whether someone could be using your wireless internet access without permission.

If you have purchased your wireless device directly from BT or another Internet Service Provider (ISP) in the last few months, chances are that you already have security enabled on your WiFi, and you have already entered the security key delivered with your device.

If you are unsure, and would like a trained professional to come and check and secure your wireless internet device please contact Theo Gray for more information.