Solved Are public WiFi spots safe?

May 4, 2012 at 06:10:38
Specs: Windows 7
We will be traveling for months here in the US and hope to use our laptop to pay bills. Are public Wi Fi spots safe, and if not, what can we use? Thanks.

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May 4, 2012 at 06:33:58
Definitley not safe enough for bill-paying, you don't know how good their security is (assuming it has any security). Telephone would be safer.

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May 4, 2012 at 07:21:12
I agree with phil22. You can't hack what you don't have access to.

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May 4, 2012 at 09:26:56
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I would disagree. Banking sites require https which is secure. No more of an issue doing banking from a PUBLIC wifi spot than at home.

But that is the caveat, public wifi spot. Coffee shops, hotels are fine. Now jumping on ANY wifi spot is NOT a good idea. There are folks out there that provide free wifi acess so they can then hack you.

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May 4, 2012 at 12:48:18
If you believe protection companies like Symantec, many of their products are sold as NOT being secure for financial transactions.

While it may be true that the https issue protects the single connection, the problem still exists that your system may be backdoor attacked. One could access stored data, or even view data on your system.

Public hot spots tend to have more virus's and hackers on them. Just by their nature they are prime sources for unsuspecting subjects.

Use a live cd when on hot spots. I don't know why that site isn't https so one can inspect it's source either.

Unfortunately, any connection to the internet renders one subject to an attack.

Hang up and live.

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