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WarDriving is the method of scoping out wireless networks in an area, usually done from a moving vehicle (hence the name). This can be anything from a bicycle with a smartphone app configured to pick up wireless signals, to a truck with high-gain Wi-Fi antennas. The WarDriver will use hardware and software to detect wireless signals, anaylze the security configuration, and plot where they were picked up from on a map.

We will be posting up reports of data collected by WarDriving. The focus of this research is to see the percentages of networks using high levels of wireless encryptions, low levels of encryption, and no encryption. We will be collecting this data in different areas, such as residential neighborhoods, apartment complexes, and office parks.

A recent WarDrive through a resedential area captured the following data about the most common types of encryption used:

Authorization Methods Used