Lesson Learned 2: Her Middle Name Was WiFi?

17 07 2010

Lesson Learned 2: Why WiFi needs some Ceftriaxone?

When you go online with a WiFi connection, I am sure the first think you think of is the third generation cephalosporin Ceftriaxone. OK. Maybe you don’t, but I do.


I am sure in the last few years you have heard about all the different kind of malware  attacks on computers. Maybe you haven’t and you are one of the lucky ones who have not been affected. In case you didn’t know, these are fancy little programs that are kind of like a virus but not completely. When you install a malware program you are opening yourself up to advertisement attacks, or worse identity theft.

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There are all kinds of malware but I want focus on one in particular. Imagine yourself at a Starbuck’s or Panera. Sipping on your coffee you whip out your laptop, jump on that free wireless, and check out the latest Destination PharmD blog. Sounds like your typical day (especial my blog part, I know).

Well, there are these clever people have come up with an idea. What if people connected to a wireless point that they thought was the free internet provided by the coffee shop, but instead connected you to their own hotspot. A connection that looked so real it seemed like the legit thing (you know too legit, to quit). If this were to happen you could be getting infected and not even know it, and be otherwise asymptomatic. You could even have the potential to release this infection to friends, family, and coworkers the next time you connected to their network.TyphAdw

Not good.

It’s kind of a funny story because there once was lady in a similar predicament. You see, she had gotten infected with some bacteria. Only thing is, she didn’t know it, and even denied it until the day she died. Even worse, she was a cook, and you know how these things go. So in a short time span this disease spread. Some people got sick. Some people died. Things got a bit out of hand. Of course now a days we have help, if they had ceftriaxone at the time maybe things wouldn’t have been so bad.

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Poor Mary, she didn’t know she was sick, and yet she was blamed for the entire outbreak. In fact, she was the first one to ever get this devastating illness. Her situation became so notorious they have named countless similar situations after her. One of which is the typhoid attack, a malicious computer attack where the person is infected unknowingly, without symptoms, and spreads the malware around. All of this because because of Typhoid Mary and came down with Typhoid Fever.

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