Free Wi-FI

Discussion in 'General RVing' started by Pancanbob, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. Pancanbob

    Pancanbob Senior Member

    Hi, All
    I got this from AARP
    It's a little long, but worth reading.
    Take care

    You think you're logging into the coffee shop's Wi-Fi network to check your email. But you may actually be connecting to a crook.
    Scammers have gone public, invading libraries, airports, hotel lobbies, coffee shops and other spaces that offer public Wi-Fi network connections to the Internet.
    See also: Keep your information private online.
    With hacking tools that are easily available online, sometimes for free, scammers can create their own parallel wireless networks that mimic the name or look of a bona fide establishment's hot spot. So you think you're on the shop's network, but you're really on the hacker's.
    Or you can be specifically targeted after you've connected to a shop's network with your laptop or smartphone. The hacker, perhaps someone sitting at a table just across the room, is able to intercept your transmissions and read them.
    The crook knows what you may not, that many Wi-Fi networks are not secure, allowing for easy pickings of your personal data — email addresses, cellphone numbers and passwords. And if you bank or shop online while connected to these networks, your financial account numbers are at risk, too.
    So if you use Wi-Fi in public spaces, follow these 10 tips to safeguard your information:
    How to protect yourself
    1. Set your laptop or smart phone so you have to manually select the Wi-Fi network. You may need to change the default setting.
    2. Make sure you know the exact name of the establishment's Wi-Fi network and connect only to it. Don't be fooled by look-alikes.
    3. Avoid any hot spot that your device lists as "unsecured." Keep in mind that even if a password is required, a hot spot can still be unsecured.
    4. If your device shows the site as secured, pay attention to what kind of encryption it lists. WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) is an early system, dating from over a decade ago. If it's WEP, treat the network as not secure. WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) is better, and WPA2 is best of all.
    5. If you send personal data over a Wi-Fi link, do so only to an encrypted website. You can tell a site is encrypted if you see the letters "https" (the "s" stands for "secure") at the beginning of its Web address. Also, look for a lock icon on the top or bottom of pages throughout the site.
    6. Before using a public Wi-Fi network, install such software as Force-TLS and HTTPS-Every * where, which are free add-ons to the Firefox browser. They make sure you use encryption features available on websites you visit. Virtual private network software — some of it free, some not — can also add security.
    7. As with your home computer, change your passwords frequently and make them hard to crack by including digits and symbols. Use different ones for different websites.
    8. Keep your security software up to date and pay attention to on-screen warnings.
    9. Turn off Wi-Fi when you're not using it.
    10. If you can connect by laptop or smartphone, use the phone. It's generally harder to hack. 

  2. try2findus

    try2findus Senior Member

    WOW!! Thanks Bob. I had no idea that could happen.

    I LOVE this site! So many smart minds together to help each other.
  3. Pancanbob

    Pancanbob Senior Member

    Hi, Jeanie & Randy

    Neither did I, till I saw this....:stupid:
    But you think about.. I guess it would be easy if you are not paying attention.:indecisiveness:
    I have brought thing that turn out not to be what I thought they were..:mad:the box looked the same, if you did not look too close .. Anyway glade to be of help :excitement:
    Take care
  4. try2findus

    try2findus Senior Member

    We sure do appreciate you taking the time to help educate us! We must stick together to keep the crooks from utilizing our RV gas $$$. :applause:
  5. Pancanbob

    Pancanbob Senior Member

    It was Ben Franklin
    That said "We must all hang together or.. surly we will hang separately" :stupid:
    The man had a way with words..:applause:
    Here in Bay Area gas is $3.77.9:mad:
    Take care :triumphant:
  6. Guest

    Guest Guest

    u need to move to TN ,, we are at $2.95 right now ,, and that was this evening ,, it seems to drop in the morning ,, i bet by about noon tomm it will be $2.89 ,, not real sure ,, but if the trend keeps going ,, it will be ,, it has seem to drop about 8 cents everyday ,, i hope it will keep going till May ,,, but i am dreaming :stupid:
  7. Triple E

    Triple E Senior Member

    We are at $3.59 tonight and $4.19 for diesel. Hear next summer it will be at the highest ever. :mad:

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