Telstra wants a Wi-Fi nation, but what about security?

Despite assurances from Telstra, data security concerns will keep some customers away. Here's a look at safety on Wi-Fi networks.

Telstra is set to spend over a $100 million to build a national Wi-Fi network and while this isn’t the first time the telco has tried to do this, Telstra boss David Thodey reckons now is the best time to build a Wi-Fi nation.

The network, expected to be up and running by 2015, will be attractive to those Telstra broadband customers looking to use their allowances on the move but whether it will attract new customers remains to be seen.

Existing Telstra customers will need to buy a new Wi-Fi modem from for $210, while new customers will receive a new Wi-Fi-enabled modem as part of standard installation costs.

Just how extensive the network will be depends on how many Telstra customers are willing to share a small portion of their home bandwidth securely with other Telstra customers.

Security is a bit of a bugbear when it comes to Wi-Fi and despite assurances from Telstra that new modems will make the network ironclad, it’s probably going to keep some customers away.

With that in mind, here’s an infographic from Secure Data Recovery that puts the Wi-Fi security equation into perspective.

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