Hotel WiFi unsecured computer-computer networks

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by j/k/Andy, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. j/k/Andy macrumors regular

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    As I sit in my hotel room, are these WiFi unsecured computer-computer networks that show up just trying to intercept my internet communications and all the valuable :rolleyes: data I'm sending?

    My hotel has I assume legitimate networks, but these guys are trying to scam me with networks named: Free Public WiFi and Free Internet Access?
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Short answer, yes. They hope that someone connects to them, and when they are trying to figure out why Teh Internets™ aren't working they are stealing files off the computer.
     
  3. JNB macrumors 604

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    I spend about 120-150 days a year in hotels, and the hotel-provided network is always pretty obvious (and reliably safe, if depressingly slow), Ibahn is one of the more common ones. Any peer-to-peer network, though, should be avoided like the plague.
     

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