Browsing SSL sites on public wifi networks?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jent, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. jent macrumors 6502a

    jent

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2010
    #1
    When I'm on a public network browsing HTTPS websites, who can see the data I'm sending and receiving? Examples would include Starbucks, but also password-protected wifi networks to which I know the password. When can others who don't administer the router access my data, and what can those who actually do administer it see?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

    miles01110

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2006
    Location:
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    #2
    In theory anyone can "see" the data, but since it's encrypted they won't be able to make any sense of it. Ideally only you and the people in control of the website you're looking at can see the cleartext... assuming you're working with a valid certificate.
     

Share This Page