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Wi-Fi Protection away from home

Nevada_MO_Guy
10-02-2010, 08:24 AM
Hi All.

Scenario:

You go on a trip for a week away from home. This will require you to be in public places such as airports and hotels.

You will want to keep up on email (yahoo) access online documents (google docs) and maybe do a few online stock trades.

Using a wi-fi laptop how would/have you protected your connection from sniffing and 'man-in-the-middle' attacks.

Looking at iPIG (http://www.iopus.com/iPig/) and Hotspot Shield (http://www.anchorfree.com/downloads/hotspot-shield/). Anyone tried these? Other suggestions?

Price should be free due to occasional use.

Thanks. :hithere:

audioguy22
10-09-2010, 02:28 AM
Hi All.

Scenario:

You go on a trip for a week away from home. This will require you to be in public places such as airports and hotels.

You will want to keep up on email (yahoo) access online documents (google docs) and maybe do a few online stock trades.

Using a wi-fi laptop how would/have you protected your connection from sniffing and 'man-in-the-middle' attacks.

Looking at iPIG (http://www.iopus.com/iPig/) and Hotspot Shield (http://www.anchorfree.com/downloads/hotspot-shield/). Anyone tried these? Other suggestions?

Price should be free due to occasional use.

Thanks. :hithere:


..it maybe too late ....heres a thread on that . .


http://forums.cnet.com/7723-7585_102-402617.html?messageId=3344148&tag=forums06;msg3344817#message3344148

Nevada_MO_Guy
10-09-2010, 02:51 PM
Thanks for the link.

I've been doing some checking and this is what I've found out.

The software that provides a "secure tunnel" for you to connect to the internet basically provides a https (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_Secure) link through their servers.

Even if your wi-fi signal is intercepted, as long as you are connecting to a website using https then all the attacker can see is an encrypted connection.

So, in my situation of connecting to my bank, brokerage account, Google and Yahoo the weak link would be checking email through Yahoo.

Bank/brokerage accounts are https. Google can be either but you can go into your account settings and make it https only.
Yahoo will let you sign on through https but once you are signed in your normal email traffic is just through http.