There are many access points around Tokyo with no security at all, normally Buffalo AP’s that have not been secured as it is not part of the default Japanese install wizard. I know quite a few people who make use of these open AP’s from time to time.
One particular problem here is that there are many open access points that are meant to be open; coffee shops, business, local chambers of commerce and even train stations all offer free access to the Internet via wireless all over this great city.
I don’t think you can mandate the requirement to secure an access point, to do that you must dictate a type of technology to be used. Should it be WEP, WPA, or WPA2. What about 802.1x, maybe VPN’s? There is any number of different technologies that people have at their disposal to selectively secure all or part of their network – and it needs to be up to the individual to make that appraisal.
What I would like to see however, is more pro-active action by manufactures to get their end users to at least put basic security in place. Make it the first part of the wizard, before you even connect to the big bad world – or do something equally as prominent. A key thing that many people fail to understand about unsecured networks is that it really is just hanging an Ethernet cable out your window and asking anybody to plug in and see what they can find…
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