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can you get hacked while traveling?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by john58, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. john58

    john58 BHO is a LIAR!

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    I'm on the road a lot and utilize the hotels wifi spot. I'm wondering if someone could get into my system without my knowledge. I use spyware doctor for viruses, malwarebytes and spybot. I have the windows firewall, and spyware dr has a feature called threatfire. Should I be concerned?
    I woke up this morning with the little icon in the tool bar a new device has been installed and ready to use. This icon shows up at home when I hook up my printer to my laptop. I was surprised to see it this morning (I'm traveling). I went to sleep and didn't disconnect to the hot spot before going to bed. I'm hoping this is just a glitch in my toshiba laptop.
     
  2. HerrGlock

    HerrGlock Scouts Out CLM

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    Yes, any time you have a connection outside your computer you can get cracked.

    Hotels, WiFi hotspots and airports are playgrounds for script kiddies and crackers.
     

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    It's not very likely. What is more likely to occur, was that your lappy connected to the hotels work station printer or a wireless printer somewhere in the hotel....
     
  4. john58

    john58 BHO is a LIAR!

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    I also have lifelock for any id protection. I know in the future I won't be going to sleep connected to the hotspot.
    Any suggestions on keeping snoopers out?

    I have to head for work so I'll check back this afternoon.
     
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  5. HerrGlock

    HerrGlock Scouts Out CLM

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    Yeah, don't connect anywhere, to anything. You're about 99.99999% protected that way.

    Or:
    Step One: remove all microsoft products from your computer. THEN we can secure it.
     
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    Glock20 10mm Use Linux!

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    I concur with Herr Glock. You run Windows so your chances increase by default.:whistling:
     
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    Glock20 10mm Use Linux!

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    Damn! Beat me too it again!
     
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    G33 Frisky! CLM Millennium Member

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    All good above.
    If you must run windows, at your Firewall Setting:

    Pick--Do not allow exceptions.
    :supergrin:
     
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    ^^This^^

    Invest the $60/month for a cellular data card.
    Life will be grand.
    (Just make sure you unplug it when traveling to India)

    There will be blood....Verizon Internet and my trip to India.
    http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1124499
     
  10. Squaw Man Wolfer

    Squaw Man Wolfer

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    can you get hacked while traveling?
    In some Third World countries, you can get hacked by thieves with machetes.

    And, certain parts of LA.
     
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    That's actually the least I would worry about. How often do you log into websites while at a public WiFi (that has no security)? How many of those websites do not use SSL for the login? Any chance you use the same password for multiple websites or services?

    That's what I'm concerned with while at public hotspots. There is software that is easy to obtain that will listen to all traffic on a network (used to be called Ethereal, now it's called Wireshark). Any unencrypted passwords entered into a website (those not using SSL for login, like GT here, provided you ever actually have to enter a username/password) are easily viewable.

    Do you use Outlook or another email client? Is your email server protected with SSL (doubtful, very few do this)? Your standard web mail providers will typically encrypt the login process, but nothing else (except GMail, which just changed this recently), allowing anyone to watch your browsing session with Wireshark and read the same emails you're reading.

    This is why I use a VPN (Virtual Private Network, uses a 3rd party to tunnel traffic to the internet in a secure fashion) while connected to any unsecured network (and WEP is not secured, it can be broken in just a minute or two). Typically I rely on my work VPN, but there are trustworthy services out there.
     
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  12. john58

    john58 BHO is a LIAR!

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    Thanks guys for all your input. I don't use IE for my browser, I use firefox. I don't use outlook to check mail.
    Good idea on the data card I'll look into that.
     
  13. racer88

    racer88 NRA & SAF mbr

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    geez... now I'm nervous. A couple of questions about the wireless cards:

    1. How do the data speeds compare?

    2. Security compared to wifi hotspots?

    Oh one more... does Windows 7 offer more security when it comes to public wifi hotspots?
     
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