Thanks to the advent of wireless networking, all someone needs to access a network is to be within the coverage area of an access point and to have the appropriate equipment to connect to it. Though such advances have made life considerably easier for everyone from IT administrators to telecommuters, they have also made life easier for outsiders who may want to gain access to, and possibly even inflict damage upon, your wireless network.
Due to the rapid proliferation of wireless networks among personal and business computer users, wireless security has become one of the fastest growing segments of the information technology industry. The resulting products offer countless different features and benefits.
Some products are designed specifically for laptops, while others are designed to secure virtually any wireless device you may be integrating as part of your network. Some products are designed to function automatically with very little user interaction, while others require a more hands-on approach. In addition to such bells and whistles, there is also a wide range of specific forms of protection offered. Some products offer automatic virus protection, while others focus mainly on tracking and alerting you of unauthorized users who have gained access to your wireless network.