Can I just use public wireless connection...

March 16, 2011 at 08:31:53
Specs: Windows 7, 3.008 GHz / 4047 MB
Hello, I heard how using a public wireless connection is the most unsecure thing in the world and anyone can easily hack your whole life within seconds... Yeah, so I am wondering if I can just use a public wireless network just to view normal sites like and use my own network for when I need to access more important sites? The reason I ask is because I feel I pay way too much for Comcast's internet so I am wondering if I can downgrade to the slowest internet plan which I tested and it is fine for normal internet viewing except for video streaming.

So I may just use the public network for streaming and use Comcast for logging in websites. Oh and is there additional software that adds more protection for wireless surfing or is the standard Windows 7 and Avast good enough? Thanks.

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March 16, 2011 at 09:36:57

Ok people will probably disagree with me but public access is a bad move full stop. you have a few issues. in fact i know of a Scottish council that has stupidly teamed up with a coffee house so they don’t need as many offices and the last ones in the office can work in said coffee house(plant face in hand, stupid recession cuts)

so here is the obvious scenarios

1. someone can pretend there the access point. Then you connect to them and they can see everything. But you won’t know as they pass the internet to you. So it will look fine but really they can see and record everything. There is ways round this but in your situation they outweigh the benefit and the cost is too high. This won’t affect you as you have identified this as a problem. But you’re connected to them and this allows them to see if they can get into your pc. To a certain degree a firewall will stop those accessing your pc but best not risk it since there are always holes

2. I am the real public access i can see what you looking. Which is ok as identified in your question. but you've connected your pc to me. so i could perhaps dump crap on your pc or malware. Again a firewall will stop this but some access points ask for you to use there "connection software". Now I’m not saying this is always the case but if you need to use their software then this is another way they can get in and dump crap or have access to your pc. If this is a case the software can easily circumnavigate the firewall.

so all in all bad idea written all over. it might never effect you.

if you want to use it lock down your pc make accounts for your personal stuff and one for public access. Make sure your personal files and folders are in the my documents directory
keep the admin password separate from the other two accounts and make it the longest alpha numeric jumble you can think of. Write it down and put it in a security box(just in case you forget). buy a firewall. Anything except the bog standard windows one. Not because it isn’t secure just best not use software that people activly gear to break into.

But by the sheer act of connecting to a public network you are increasing your risk and because of that it’s a bad idea.

all text needs typos. There there for the reader to find,to distract them from the total lack of content.
google it! wasnt the answer to the question i asked so dont be dense and give me that repl

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March 16, 2011 at 09:41:49
but if I never agree to any changes to my computer I should be fine correct?

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March 16, 2011 at 10:47:10
define changes?
you mean when it comes up allow this pc or allow this program to make changes?

grey area.
depends on how they are getting in. if they leaver a hole in windows you will never get asked. if its a during a install for a program to acces the wireless then you will get asked at install which you will need but after that its got free rein and wont say.

also i would like to point out that will only come up when a program trys to make changes to windows itself or run a program. opening or copying your files i dont think prompts you.

so not sure. but there is no such thing as a free lunch

all text needs typos. There there for the reader to find,to distract them from the total lack of content.
google it! wasnt the answer to the question i asked so dont be dense and give me that repl

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March 16, 2011 at 18:41:24
in my openion the only computer is FULLY secured wihch is powered off. :(.there are loop holes everywhere which we dont know .

As far as your concern,If you are concern about security issues and holding sensitive files then its better not use public access points. If you r just a normal user accessing net for audio/video stuffs then its not a big harm in using them. make sure to use strong firewall,AV and put the browser in security enabled mode (high level)

Subhash Chandra.

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