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#1 I_am_CanadianEh?

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 12:44 PM

Hi,
I'm at an airport, coffee shop or other public hotspot that offers free wireless internet access.
What security protection software would you recommend for WI-FI that would make it difficult for hackers to steal my data?

Preferrably freeware please, but am willing to pay for something good.

Thanks. :thumbsup:

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 01:07 PM

Sadly, most hotspots operate as open access points. That is to say they don't employ WPA, WPA2, or even WEP (sidenote: WEP is broken beyond repair; never use it because it is not secure in the least) encryption of the wifi signal. Anyone within range of the signal can pickup the data being sent across the network, and it's trivial to sniff out passwords and such if they are sent in the clear. Never, ever, ever log into sensitive accounts from a public wifi network unless the connection is encrypted at the protocol level (HTTPS) and even then I'd question whether I really needed to log on right then and there.

As to people being able to access data on your computer that isn't being broadcast through the wifi connection, a decent software firewall should do the trick. You can find a good freeware firewall at Bleeping Computer's list of Freeware Replacements for Common Commercial Apps.

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 03:46 PM

Hi,
I'm at an airport, coffee shop or other public hotspot that offers free wireless internet access.
What security protection software would you recommend for WI-FI that would make it difficult for hackers to steal my data?

Preferrably freeware please, but am willing to pay for something good.

Thanks. :thumbsup:

What he said, along with a good anti-virus with an active shield running (Like NOD32) and with something like spybot or Malwarebytes. You can be safe.
NOD32, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro, Spyware Blaster, Super Anti-Spyware. Windows Vista 2gb of RAM, 222 hard drive, Dell Inspirion 530.




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