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Whoops! Those iOS-Generated Hotspot Passwords Are Really Weak

Posted on June 19th, 2013 by

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Accessing the Internet when you’re on the road can be a tricky thing. Using Wi-Fi can be a source of risk, especially if you’re in a well-populated area. So, you tether your iPhone to your laptop and surf the web that way instead. That’s safer, right? Well, if you didn’t change the Wi-Fi password from the one generated by iOS, it might not give you much more protection.

You probably know a thing or two about how not to create a good password, and that using simple words found in a dictionary is definitely not a great way to make a strong password. It looks like someone creating the automatically generated passwords for the WiFi hotspot option didn’t get that memo. Rather than using a more random assortment of characters, they opted to use a fairly limited list of dictionary words. It’s certainly better than no password at all, but not by a whole lot.

This isn’t the end of the world, though. You can still have strong protection for your hotspot; you just need to change the password to a more secure one of your own devising.

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