AirPort and security

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by JLaFrance, Jun 9, 2004.

  1. JLaFrance macrumors member

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    Lets say that I have my theoretical 12'' PB :cool: with Airport extreme and I'm sitting in Barnes and Noble or Starbucks, surfing the web or writing a paper (while online), since barnes and noble and Starbucks, have wireless internet for free, how big is the risk that someone is going to hack , or try to hack into my computer and steal...whatever..., Would it be that big of a problem to have to turn on both a firewall and the "master password" (file encryption) or just one or....what level of security should I have to be safe? Thanks!
     
  2. yoda13 macrumors 65816

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    Well, I am overly concerned with my privacy, so I would say you can never have too much security. However, as for how much is really necessary, I cannot speak to that.
     
  3. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

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    Where do you find free net access at Starbucks? Those tMobile hotspots are pricey.

    Run a firewall and be careful what information you transmit. If I were going to try to hack into people's computers and steal information that is exactly where I would do it.
     
  4. titaniumducky macrumors 6502a

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    If you turn on your firewall and filevault, it is very unlikely anyone cares enough to go through the trouble of breaking into your computer.

    Even if they did, you've got a Mac; they probably don't know how to hack it :D.
     
  5. JLaFrance thread starter macrumors member

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    uhhhh...go to Starbucks.com and it has a list of all the locations that have wireless internet for free :cool: (im in Rochester NY if that helps any)

    Thanks for the input!
     

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