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Users of wireless broadband-enabled devices can improve their computer’s protection from hackers with a few simple measures, it has been claimed.

According to the National Computing Centre (NCC), users of BlackBerries or laptops can make themselves less vulnerable to attack simply by changing their passwords and SSID codes from the default settings.

In so doing, they will add another layer of protection from thefts of personal information or in the case of businesses, from rivals seeking to access sensitive information, Michael Dean of the NCC stated.

He said: "Most people who use wireless technologies probably use the settings that came with it when it was supplied.

"But those may not be appropriate to your organisation. There are some organisations that are dealing with particularly sensitive data, whether that's financial or whatever, which needs to be protected."

The NCC's recommendations follow reports from BBC Online that the Wired Equivalent Privacy technology used to safeguard wireless systems has been "comprehensively defeated" by hackers.

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