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    Security with wireless keyboard

    I asked our IT boys for a wireless keyboard to use with a computer we use for on-screen presentations in a conference room. They said no because someone outside the organization can pick up the keystrokes, thus compromising security. I know I'm not going to change corporate policy from my cubicle, but I admit I'm skeptical <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15>. Any expert opinions?

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    Re: Security with wireless keyboard

    Not an expert opinion, but...
    Does your wireless keyboard work 'outside the organization'? I would expect it to have a fairly limited range or you'd be over-typing lots of your colleagues work!

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    Re: Security with wireless keyboard

    Infrared travels a fairly short distance and as far as I know is limited to line-of-sight. Radio (Bluetooth) travels further and through walls, so that could result in leakage. We are not, however, talking about a high-powered radiator. And hopefully the security team would notice someone in the parking lot with a high-gain antenna. Of course, if you share your building with another company, you can't rule out a little neighborly curiosity. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Security with wireless keyboard

    Mine is not an expert opinion either, but I've had several wireless keyboards for the past several years and as Jefferson has said, they've all been limited to line-of-sight distances from the controller. I do think you're right in that you're up against some company naysayers but your success in overriding their decision is probably dependent on YOUR corporate "weight." Good luck with it!

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    Re: Security with wireless keyboard

    You could ask them if they would approve an encrypted wireless keyboard, a simple Google search will give you a wide choice of these.

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    Re: Security with wireless keyboard

    A fellow in my neighbourhood asked me to check out his home PC, as he was finding problems with his wireless mouse and keyboard. They were typing or mousing, without his input, and, his input wasn't being reflected at other times.

    When I got there, low and behold, things were how he described. It didn't make sense. As I stared out the window for a moment, I noticed a rather upset young lady in the next house. She was screaming at her computer.

    Joe (the fellow I'm helping out) and I go next door, to see if all is okay. The young lady describes the same problem with her wireless mouse and keyboard.

    These homes have only 15 feet between them, and at the time of the problem, both computers were setup against the outside wall closest to the neighbouring home.

    Joe decided to rearrange his home office, and since moving the PC, the problem hasn't occurred again.
    Christopher Baldrey

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