Accidentally Joined Unknown Wifi

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by crellion, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. crellion macrumors member

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    I was at the mall when I noticed my new IOS5 iPhone auto-joined the attwifi hotspot. Annoyed - I tried to turn the auto-join off, but I accidentally joined an unknown neighboring wifi instead with SSID - HP43.something.

    I spatzed out when I did that as I am very conscientious of my wifi security. I don't even like using public wifi hotspots much...

    I did disconnect from this unknown network and did a Forget This Network, but I'm concerned if I punched a security hole in my iPhone environment somehow?

    I keep hearing about these man-in-the-middle attacks that are possible with rogue access-points that can steal your iPhone emails and stuff...

    Should I be concerned about this from my accidental joining of unknown networks?
     
  2. BmoreDrumGuy macrumors regular

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    You are fine, nothing to worry about security wise
     
  3. Ashwood11 macrumors 65816

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    I don't know if you should be concerned but I believe the Settings app allows you to set your phone to ask before joining an unknown network.
     
  4. crellion thread starter macrumors member

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    I am a bit more up-tight on this than some of my friends. A lot of times when I hang out with them - they would join whatever wifi network is available nearby on their phone to get the fastest connection, but I have been more careful when treading those waters...

    Still I wonder if all those security articles I read about rouge wifi networks are more about people who are consistently on then vs my quick-in, quick-out scenario...
     
  5. BmoreDrumGuy macrumors regular

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    I would say that those that are constantly connected to those open networks are more at risk. A quick connect and disconnect, you will be fine. You must remained connected for anyone to gain any kind of access at even the smallest level.
     
  6. TheWheelMan macrumors 6502a

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    You're concernd about your security but you don't care about someone else's since you shared at least part of their SSID here, in a public place.
     
  7. crellion thread starter macrumors member

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    What are you talking about - that SSID I gave was an example - the real one wasn't even close to it...
     

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