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Is it safe to use free WiFi?

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Is it safe to use free WiFi?

Post by Kimmymc on Thu Mar 24, 2011 4:27 pm

I hope I posted this in the correct thread. I was thinking about going to coffee shops to do some of my job searching just to get out of the house. Is it safe to go to Starbuck's or other places like that and use their free WiFi? Can my laptop be 'hacked'? I tried Googling it, but I'm really not getting a clear answer. Does anyone have any input?
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Post by Guest on Thu Mar 24, 2011 4:43 pm

I don't know if its safe or not, Kimmy, but I use the free wifi at Starbucks and McD's sometimes just to get out of the house. I just feel better getting out amongst people Very Happy

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Post by Guest on Thu Mar 24, 2011 4:52 pm

Yes it's safe. They would be the ones to worry if someone was hacking into their system.

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Post by Jen on Thu Mar 24, 2011 4:56 pm

I have heard something on the news before about hackers in those public places getting people's passwords and stuff when they log into personal things while they are there but, I don't know how common it is.
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Post by Guest on Thu Mar 24, 2011 4:58 pm

http://lifehacker.com/#!5576927/how-to-stay-safe-on-public-wi+fi-networks

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Post by Guest on Thu Mar 24, 2011 5:06 pm

Can we get this moved to the fix-it thread? Good info for sure.

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Post by Kimmymc on Thu Mar 24, 2011 5:29 pm

knarf wrote:http://lifehacker.com/#!5576927/how-to-stay-safe-on-public-wi+fi-networks

Great info Knarf! Thank you!

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Post by elvis44102 on Thu Mar 24, 2011 5:47 pm

You should never use a wifi connection to transfer anything like creditcard, social security info etc....

But those suggestions on the link are usefull..
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Post by Guest on Thu Mar 24, 2011 5:51 pm

elvis44102 wrote:You should never use a wifi connection to transfer anything like creditcard, social security info etc....

But those suggestions on the link are usefull..

Same holds true for wireless home phones. Should always use a land line in these matters.

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Post by Guest on Thu Mar 24, 2011 5:53 pm

Kimmymc wrote:
knarf wrote:http://lifehacker.com/#!5576927/how-to-stay-safe-on-public-wi+fi-networks

Great info Knarf! Thank you!


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Post by Kimmymc on Thu Mar 24, 2011 5:58 pm

elvis44102 wrote:You should never use a wifi connection to transfer anything like creditcard, social security info etc....

But those suggestions on the link are usefull..

I just want to look at job boards, e-mail, Facebook. I'm still not sure if i'm going to do it. scratch
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Post by Guest on Thu Mar 24, 2011 6:04 pm

Kimmymc wrote:
elvis44102 wrote:You should never use a wifi connection to transfer anything like creditcard, social security info etc....

But those suggestions on the link are usefull..

I just want to look at job boards, e-mail, Facebook. I'm still not sure if i'm going to do it. scratch

I wouldn't worry too much about it Kimmy. As long as you are not doing online banking and the like, you should be good.

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