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Old 07. Mar 2014, 08:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Smile WiFi copycats in public access - how to spot this

I heard a radio news feature about villains creating look-a-like hot spots in e.g fast food restaurants to 'see' your online activity for dishonest purposes.

Apart from being cautious is there a way/app etc of being alerted when a bad person has created a twinned hotspot that is your net link rather than being left thinking your connection is legit?

Seems the security folk are exercised by this problem.

Just wondering if you guys have any thoughts.
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Old 08. Mar 2014, 04:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You could use HTTPS and VPN to prevent them from seeing your traffic. Make sure to do that for anything sensitive on open or untrustworthy WiFi hotspots, because anyone can scan traffic there.
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Old 08. Mar 2014, 12:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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(I cant provide computer assistance, i,m just an average user, so dont use my info. until someone gives an answer please.) i have found this to be an issue i wanted to know about once also. I ask a question somewhat similar to yours and i was provided a link to a very lightweight utility called nir-soft network watcher. i have used it alot. it wont stop spying but it will provide instant info. in form of i.p.address as to who is accessing the internet connection currently. i believe you can save that info, should you need it later. i wont provide link, i will let the tech,s determine if its appropriate.

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Old 10. Mar 2014, 08:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Wink Thanks,Guys

Your replies much appreciated.

Ta for https reminder & f'ware suggestion. Shall follow up on both

Thanks again.
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Old 13. Mar 2014, 03:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It is up to the service provider ( the wireless one ) to secure it. You can only take advantage (or not) of what is there.
You can run utilities like inSSIDer or Xirrus Wifi inspector to see what hotspots there are.
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Old 31. Mar 2014, 08:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

Ever heard of Europol's cybercrime centre?

WiFi hotspots are they say not secure.

Take a geek (also a Cornish word for look as you may know) at this article on the BBC as of 31March 14. The title is Free wi-fi hotspots pose data risk, Europol warns
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26469598
Would welcome thoughts on getting secure if really practical when on WiFi hotspots.

Maybe I'm a bit paranoid about this but I don't think so.

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Old 31. Mar 2014, 11:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
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To quote the article...
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"We should teach users that they should not address sensitive information while being on an open insecure wi-fi internet.

"They should do this from home where they know actually the wi-fi and its security, but not if you are in a coffee shop somewhere you shouldn't access your bank or do all of these things that actually transfer very sensitive information."
I don't understand what is unclear in that advice. If you disregard the advice and still choose to send sensitive information then you do so at your own risk - it's as simple as that.
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Old 01. Apr 2014, 07:25 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Smile Europol etc.

Yes I couldn't agree more.

But how many people perhaps the younger net users are blissfully ignorant about public WiFi dangers. Equally how many savy grown ups mindful of data limits on their device maybe are temped to grab some free bandwidth that happens to be their to use?

Another site EU based is www.eicar.org where one can download a ' test your antivirus set up' for integrity. Or so they write on the site.

Never tried it myself.

Anyone out there any experience of this organisation?

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Old 01. Apr 2014, 09:39 PM   #9 (permalink)
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But how many people perhaps the younger net users are blissfully ignorant about public WiFi dangers.
That's true, but it's in everybody's interest to learn about things like this and how to stay safe online. If they don't set safety as their No.1 priority before plunging ahead to pursue whatever they think is more important, well what else can I say.
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Equally how many savy grown ups mindful of data limits on their device maybe are temped to grab some free bandwidth that happens to be their to use?
Again, they are doing so knowing fully well what the risks are. In other words they are exercising their free will even though they know there are dangers involved.
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Another site EU based is www.eicar.org where one can download a ' test your antivirus set up' for integrity.
That site is fairly well known. I've downloaded the test file in a sandbox just for the heck of it and it does trigger an alarm.
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