Get your default router passwords here

Chatting with a fellow tech journalist at the Channel Expo event at the labyrithine Birmingham NEC last week, I was surprised to hear him say he'd stopped his subscription to BT Openzone, the public access WiFi network.

The reason, he said, was the growing availability of free-to-access WiFi services across the UK, many of which are being provided unwittingly by WiFi-enabled broadband router users.

As I've reported previously, there is a danger in using these free WiFi services, as you could be unwittingly turning over your data to a clever hacker.

However, for basic Web surfing and routine email access, especially if you're using an SSL-enabled connection, there is an argument in favour of using such services.

And if you really want to have some phun, I'm told you can surf on over to www.phenoelit.de/dpl/dpl.html to download a download list of all the default passwords for most routers.

According to a colleague at NetCommunities Towers, where this security wire emanates from, this is scary stuff.

Scary, but v-v-very useful, if you get my drift....