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5 Ways To Protect Your Data On Public Wi-Fi
« on: 05. March 2013., 08:56:15 »
5 Ways To Protect Your Data On Public Wi-Fi

Wireless connections can cost hundreds of dollars annually, so it makes fiscal sense that many people seek out free connections when they are out and about. But free doesn’t necessarily mean secure.
 
By now you’ve heard all the warnings that publicly connected Wi-Fi, such as that found in coffee shops, airports and hotels, are vulnerable to sniffers. Sniffers read the wireless data as it is transmitted through the air and convert it into words, numbers and computer code so other devices and administrators (including those with poor intentions) can read it.
 
Public Wi-Fi usually means that access is free and not password protected—which often means the Wi-Fi is unsecured, unprotected, unencrypted and just plain open.
 
Here’s how you can protect your data when out on a public network.
 
#1. Turn on automatic Windows Updates. In older versions of the Windows XP operating system, updates were all manual. With Windows XP SP2, updates are automatic by default. Windows Vista, 7 and 8 all have auto updates on by default. Keep it that way—there’s a reason for that. The reason is that attackers use certain software programs to search out vulnerabilities from outdated, unpatched systems.
 
#2. Turn off file sharing. On an encrypted home network, it’s reasonable to share files and folders with everyone in your family or with all the devices you access from different locations of your home and office. However, when you are out and about and accessing unsecured Wi-Fi, your data will be vulnerable due to settings in your firewall. With new Windows versions, you can specify whether or not you are on a “home” network, as opposed to a “public” network. Choose wisely; Microsoft has all the information here. At the most basic level, it is best to turn off all file sharing when heading out. Depending on your operating system, use these instructions from Carnegie Mellon to find out more.
 
#3. Don’t automatically connect to Wi-Fi networks. When initially connecting to a wireless network, we are often faced with a checkbox or option to “automatically connect” to the network in the future. Uncheck this and always manually connect. If your home network is “Netgear” and you are somewhere and your device sees another network named “Netgear,” your device will connect to its namesake—which may not necessarily be as safe, potentially leaving your device vulnerable to anyone monitoring that new network.
 
#4. Confirm the network you are connecting to. Granted, this is easier said than done. There are rogue networks called “evil twins” that criminals set up; they are designed to lure you into connecting by spoofing the name of a legitimate network. For example, you may use what you see as “Starbucks Wi-Fi” to connect while you’re sipping your latte, but you may also see a listing for “FREE Starbucks Wi-Fi.” Which one—if either—is for real? Such setups are designed to lure you in—and once connected, your data might get filtered through a criminal’s device.
 
#5. Use a freeVPN for Wi-Fi security like Hotspot Shield. Hotspot Shield creates a virtual private network (VPN) between your laptop or iPhone and our Internetgateway. This impenetrable tunnel prevents snoopers, hackers and ISPs from viewing your web browsing activities, instant messages, downloads, credit card information or anything else you send over the network.

Robert Siciliano is an Identity Theft expert consultant to Hotspot Shield VPN. He is the author of 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Your Identity Was Stolen See him discussing internet and wireless security on Good Morning America. Disclosures.


About the Author
ROBERT SICILIANO, CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering Americans so they can be protected from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds. His "tell it like it is" style is sought after by major media outlets, executives in the C-Suite of leading corporations, meeting planners, and community leaders to get the straight talk they need to stay safe in a world in which physical and virtual crime is commonplace. Siciliano is accessible, real, professional, and ready to weigh in and comment at a moment's notice on breaking news.


Orginal article: Online Security Expert Robert Siciliano, Published: Feb 25, 2013
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5 Ways To Protect Your Data On Public Wi-Fi
« on: 05. March 2013., 08:56:15 »




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Re: 5 Ways To Protect Your Data On Public Wi-Fi
« Reply #1 on: 05. March 2013., 18:37:04 »
Nice article. :thumbsup:

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#4. Confirm the network you are connecting to. Granted, this is easier said than done. There are rogue networks called "evil twins" that criminals set up; they are designed to lure you into connecting by spoofing the name of a legitimate network. For example, you may use what you see as “Starbucks Wi-Fi” to connect while you’re sipping your latte, but you may also see a listing for “FREE Starbucks Wi-Fi.” Which one—if either—is for real? Such setups are designed to lure you in—and once connected, your data might get filtered through a criminal’s device.

More info's about "evil twins": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evil_twin_%28wireless_networks%29


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Re: 5 Ways To Protect Your Data On Public Wi-Fi
« Reply #2 on: 06. March 2013., 11:12:30 »
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Re: 5 Ways To Protect Your Data On Public Wi-Fi
« Reply #3 on: 06. March 2013., 18:37:44 »
Karma Samker !


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I thought I'd give some more links & services for "VPN" connectivity. This way you can connect safely without anyone sniffing out your passwords (it's REAL easy too! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firesheep)*.

http://www.vpngate.net/en/about_overview.aspx (client + server software).

Copy-Paste from their email to me:

"Hello devnullius,

This e-mail is sent for registered users of PacketiX.NET service.

PacketiX.NET Secure Online Service http://www.packetix.net/en/secure/ will be terminated soon.
As the successor service, "VPN Gate Public VPN Relay Server" service
http://www.vpngate.net/ was launched today.

"VPN Gate" service is similar to PacketiX.NET, however VPN Gate supports also iPhone, iPad, Android and Mac OS X with L2TP/IPsec or OpenVPN Protocol. VPN Gate is a strong alternative to PacketiX.NET.

Please visit http://www.vpngate.net/ for more information.


Additionally, today we launched the "SoftEther Project" web site at http://www.softether.org/.
The initial release of "SoftEther VPN" software is released as freeware.
SoftEther VPN Freeware supports not only SSL-VPN, but also OpenVPN, L2TP/IPsec and SSTP VPN protocols. English, Simplified Chinese and Japanese version is available. Please visit http://www.softether.org/ and learn about SoftEther VPN.

SoftEther VPN is an optimum alternative to OpenVPN and Microsoft's VPN servers. SoftEther VPN has a clone-function of OpenVPN Server. You can integrate from OpenVPN to SoftEther VPN smoothly. SoftEther VPN is faster than OpenVPN. SoftEther VPN also supports Microsoft SSTP VPN for Windows Vista / 7 / 8. No more need to pay expensive Windows Server license-fee for Remote-Access VPN function.

SoftEther VPN can be used to realize BYOD (Bring your own device) on your business. If you have smartphones, tablets or laptop PCs, SoftEther VPN's L2TP/IPsec server function helps you to establish a remote-access VPN from remote to your local network. SoftEther VPN's L2TP VPN Server has strong compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.

SoftEther VPN is not only an alternative VPN server to existing VPN products (OpenVPN, IPsec and MS-SSTP). SoftEther VPN has also original strong SSL-VPN protocol to penetrate any kinds of firewalls. Ultra-optimized SSL-VPN Protocol of SoftEther VPN has very fast throughput, low latency and firewall resistance.

SoftEther VPN has strong resistance against firewalls than ever. Built-in NAT-traversal penetrates your network admin's troublesome firewall for overprotection. You can setup your own VPN server behind the firewall or NAT in your company, and you can reach to that VPN server in the corporate private network from your home or mobile place, without any modification of firewall settings. Any deep-packet inspection firewalls cannot detect SoftEther VPN's transport packets as a VPN tunnel, because SoftEther VPN uses Ethernet over HTTPS for camouflage.

Easy to imagine, design and implement your VPN topology with SoftEther VPN. It virtualizes Ethernet by software-enumeration. SoftEther VPN Client implements Virtual Network Adapter, and SoftEther VPN Server implements Virtual Ethernet Switch. You can easily build both Remote-Access VPN and Site-to-Site VPN, as expansion of Ethernet-based L2 VPN. Of course, traditional IP-routing L3 based VPN can be built by SoftEther VPN.

SoftEther VPN has strong compatibility to today's most popular VPN products. It has the interoperability with OpenVPN, L2TP, IPsec, EtherIP, L2TPv3, Cisco VPN Routers and MS-SSTP VPN Clients. SoftEther VPN is the world's only VPN software which supports SSL-VPN, OpenVPN, L2TP, EtherIP, L2TPv3 and IPsec, as a single VPN software.

You can download SoftEther VPN Freeware from http://www.softether.org/ since today.



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You can ask a question on the forum http://forum.vpngate.net/ about VPN Gate Service."

They only offer (currently) 1 USA line, only @ 1.2Mb BUT the service is BRANDNEW. IN TOTAL ONLY 250 connected users spread over more than 60 servers... US currently has 1 (me;p).

So join them - no registration either! From Japan university so might be safe too! ; ))


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* ANY user in the same wifi network can read ALL password cookies when NOT encrypted. To defend yourself, use https. Chrome users could use: http://www.chromestory.com/2010/10/how-to-protect-your-login-information-from-firesheep-on-chrome/
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This is an excellent list with free vpn services: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-anonymous-surfing-service.htm (from: http://scforum.info/index.php?topic=7593.0)

Also, see this article by Samker: How to Secure Your Laptop at Public Wi-Fi Hotspots (http://scforum.info/index.php?topic=3212.0).

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Re: 5 Ways To Protect Your Data On Public Wi-Fi
« Reply #6 on: 22. April 2013., 04:41:50 »
Interesting post, and great advice  :bih:

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Re: 5 Ways To Protect Your Data On Public Wi-Fi
« Reply #7 on: 23. May 2013., 15:29:12 »
Hey I am using my neighbor's WiFi connection, actually it is secured with network key but any how I managed to get the network key secretly, so Is it possible that my data can be visible to the WiFi owner or Is it possible that that person can hack some of my personal data or view all my online activities.?

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Re: 5 Ways To Protect Your Data On Public Wi-Fi
« Reply #8 on: 23. May 2013., 21:24:27 »
Yup.

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Re: 5 Ways To Protect Your Data On Public Wi-Fi
« Reply #9 on: 30. July 2014., 14:11:58 »
Using VPN program http://www.unblockingyoutube.com/en/why-you-need-vpn/ is your best choice to access blocking anonymously and surf the web using European IP address enabling you to be secured

 

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