"The 'do's' and 'don'ts' of hot spot usage

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003


    Category: Tips and How To's
    Link: "The 'do's' and 'don'ts' of hot spot usage
    Description:: Wireless “hot spots” are popping up everywhere—and in some cases entire cities are going wireless. But while this can be great for computer users everywhere (especially business travelers), it can be a nightmare if you don’t take proper precautions to prevent identify and security theft.

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  2. bigandy macrumors G3


    Apr 30, 2004
    seems like it would be more useful to the windows users i know, seeing as all the mac ones are little snitch'ed up :) :rolleyes:
  3. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Two additions to that article:

    1. HOW do you password-protect files? One way is to put them in an encrypted disk image. Disk Utility can do that easily.

    2. "If you choose a free access site, DO ask them about security issues before turning on your computer." A.k.a... How to get a blank stare from your waiter/waitress :D
  4. Timepass macrumors 65816

    Jan 4, 2005

    I disagree. Minus the AV one on the dont list everything listed effects all OS the same. Most of that list was not dealing with keep the computer safe from virus and malware but how to get your personal data safe. Everything transmited over it goes with the same protocals and therefor any one can read the infomation out of it.
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    The guy who wrote this is a _writter_ he likley uses Word on a PC. From his point of view "file" == "Word Document". and Word has a way to set a password on just one file. He may not even though about people having images and video and other not-Office files

    One thing he did leave out. He said the person trying to steel your data could be in the apertment nearby or parked at the curb. Yes, maybe. But he could also by 2,000 miles away. Being on a public hot spot with no firewall is just like being on your home network with no firewall. Same exact thing

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