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Windows 7: Here's what an eavesdropper sees when you use an unsecured Wi-Fi hotsp

05 Jul 2013   #1

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 
Here's what an eavesdropper sees when you use an unsecured Wi-Fi hotsp

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As you'll see, it’s relatively easy to capture sensitive communication at the vast majority of public hotspots—locations like cafes, restaurants, airports, hotels, and other public places. You can snag emails, passwords, and unencrypted instant messages, and you can hijack unsecured logins to popular websites. Fortunately, ways exist to protect your online activity while you’re out-and-about with your laptop, tablet, and other Wi-Fi gadgets.
Here's what an eavesdropper sees when you use an unsecured Wi-Fi hotspot | PCWorld


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08 Jul 2013   #2

Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, OSX Maverick
 
 

The article didn't mention hotels' wifi, which can be even worse than coffee houses wifi. The impact is somewhat greater at hotel, especially when there's a business convention.

Some additional security steps that can be utilized... With 4G tethering, one can bypass wifi hotspots and provide protection for the laptop. In hotels, carry with you a broadband router, connect it to the wired network, and configure the wifi with WPA2 encryption.

In either case, the article's advice still applies, a.i. use encrypted connections to the destination when it is available.
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