By Patricia Uceda, Fall 2014 Graduate Research Assistant
The difference between a secured and unsecured wireless network is simple: encryption. Encryption is key to keeping your sensitive information secure online. It works by scrambling (encrypting) all the information you are sending over the internet into a code that is not readable by others. When a network is unsecured, the information you transmit is not being encrypted. That means that anyone else on the network can look at and read the information you are sending, including personal information, usernames, passwords, etc.