wifi access from laptop to starbucks wifi

bruce badouglas at gmail.com
Tue Jun 22 14:36:35 UTC 2010


right....

just wanted to make sure this was/is clarified in case others see this
in the future...

or.. you can always ssh into a secure system, and go from there..

but at the same time.. even if you are on an open network.. accesing
secure "https" sites on your browser on your machine will be safe (at
least as safe as normal)...

one just has to be really aware of the fact that your unencrypted data
is really in the open!

thanks


On Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 7:24 AM, fred smith
<fredex at fcshome.stoneham.ma.us> wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 07:06:40AM -0700, bruce wrote:
>> hey guys....
>>
>> if you're using starbucks, or nay other public access, aren't you
>> pretty much constrained to having to deal with an open network. or are
>> you implying that you can implement an encrypted connection on the nic
>> setup?
>
> Yes, you are. Unless you have access to a (secure) VPN. If you do, then
> just always be sure to start up your VPN connection first, before doing
> anything else.  (note, by "secure", I explicitly exclude things like
> PPTP which is known to be INsecure.)
>
> While that would be expected to protect your traffic, your machine
> will still be on an unprotected network, and therefore possibly a target
> of more attackers/malware than when on your personal/home network.
>
>>
>> thanks
>>
>>
>> On Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 4:40 AM, Tim <ignored_mailbox at yahoo.com.au> wrote:
>> > On Mon, 2010-06-21 at 11:31 -0700, JD wrote:
>> >> Also, WPA encryotion can be broken by a notebook PC in under 1 minute.
>> >> WPA (and WPA2) encryption that uses TKP can also be broken in under 1
>> >> minute. So far AES seems to be invulnerable (as far whatever has been
>> >> printed publicly).
>> >
>> > I'd heard that WEP was crap, years ago.  But I hadn't heard that WPA2
>> > was that easily crackable, yet.
>> >
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