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Linux (mint) safe to use via wifi?

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#1 frldyz


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Posted 05 August 2017 - 07:44 PM

You hear about all the risk, security and privacy issues when using wifi.
I'll be out of town for a few days on an older ( el cheapo ) laptop that has wifi.
I plan to use the wifi from the place I will be staying @.
I have a laptop that has Win 10, but I plan to try out my Linux Mint that I just downloaded ( its on a boottable USB .  I don't intend to install a V.M @ this time )
I subscribe to NordVPN ( It's not yet installed on this laptop ) but I was wondering is Linux Mint safe and private to use right out of the box ( figuratively speaking ) protecting my privacy and data etc...
Or is there a VPN I will want to use.

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#2 Gary R

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 12:25 AM

It's not your OS that determines whether you're "safe" to use a publicly available wi-fi network or not. The security (or lack of it) is the same whether you are using Windows or Linux, since it is determined by the network settings of the network, which are determined by the network server, not by the user's OS.


Using a VPN will also not affect the security of using an unsafe network, unless the VPN client you use employs end to end encryption.


In that regard, using the Tor browser should give you a reasonable level of privacy, though personally, if I had something "sensitive" I had to do online, I would not do it over an "open" network.

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