Hot spot security question

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Hoagie52, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. Hoagie52 macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2008
    When useing a iPhone in a free open hotspot can anyone see your I'd and passwords when useing 3rd party app from the app store. Or do these passeord get encrpted?
  2. jmccullough108 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 2, 2008
    St. Louis, MO
    They should be encrypted.
  3. wackymacky macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2007
    38°39′20″N 27°13′10″W
    The security of information sent between you and the router does depend on what security set on the router.

    Most cafe's etc make it quick and easy to use their hotspots. In order to minimize login requirements and avoid encryption compatibility issues, they disable much of the security built into their wireless devices.

    Someone with packet sniffing software can intercept wireless transmissions via data packets.

    Packets are the form in which data is organized and sent across networks. If the packets are unencrypted, someone with a packet sniffer can see the information as plain text.
  4. kAoTiX macrumors 6502


    Oct 14, 2008
    Midlands, UK
    Regardless of router security, most website logins and the like use SSL encrypted pages. This is encryption which is client side (on your iphone) If you are unsure if something uses SSL to transmit data you probably shouldn't use it as wackymacky said, anyone can sniff the traffic from your iphone to the router.

    Where possible, stick to SSL especially when on unsecure networks. You can never be totally secure but unless you have something someone really wants you'll be fine.

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