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Old 06-06-2014, 12:08 PM   #31
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Is this so for iPhones and the like, with no fire walls etc?
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Old 06-06-2014, 12:30 PM   #32
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Is this so for iPhones and the like, with no fire walls etc?
Good question, a person would have to install a program called SSH to get access to your iPhone, which is currently not possible. However, if you jailbreak your phone, all bets are off...
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Old 06-06-2014, 10:54 PM   #33
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If you need to ensure privacy for stuff like banking you can use a virtual private network (VPN). Big companies use them routinely to make sure employees in unsecured locations have secure access to their networks. VPNs create a encrypted connection between your device and their network. There are private VPN service providers that anyone can use. If you plan to do all your banking over public networks I would suggest a subscription to a good VPN service provider. That way, anyone who is snooping won't be able to eavesdrop on you.
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Old 06-06-2014, 11:02 PM   #34
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I have VPN for our company network when I need to telecommute. I have a "key" that gives me access. Yes, it's a physical "key" that I need to put into a USP port. YMMV
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Old 06-06-2014, 11:34 PM   #35
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My employer has the same thing, they look like those little memory sticks. Securing devices like phones and tablets is one of the hottest topics in computer security right now. So many people want to work from public places. The best VPN providers have the right software to secure communications with a variety of devices on your end. It's also worth remembering that they will be unencrypting what you send before sending it out to the Internet through their connection so you need to pick a trustworthy provider, not just the cheapest and continue to use your secured (SSL) connection.

Most people don't need this level of security but for those who do it's available. For myself I usually set up the payments I anticipate needing while I'm gone in advance and pay the rest when I get home. If I was fulltiming it might be a different story.
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Old 06-07-2014, 01:49 AM   #36
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To add to this, a VPN encrypts what we call plain text traffic. Example, the password you enter for this forum is plain text because the site doesn't have SSL. Your banks, Amazon, etc. will encrypt your connection to them so that your information is not plain text and can travel unmolested over a public network. Hopefully that isn't too technical... If your bank doesn't have SSL, I'd get a new bank... Most workplaces will require a VPN connection because grabbing files, virtualization, etc. is not encrypted and the VPN encrypts those non encrypted actions so hackers cannot get sensitive information.
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Old 06-07-2014, 09:36 AM   #37
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They can certainly see which bank website you went to and if you are using your email address as a login ID on your bank and other websites they could get that after a little time watching you. And that brings us full circle back to the stuff earlier in the thread about being smart with your passwords and not using the same one everywhere. I would add using strong passwords, not something that is easy to crack. Another common mistake is to use kids names, pets names, or something else that you might be chatting about online as passwords.

If you have a phone that will do it, using it to create a private wifi hotspot rather than doing sensitive transactions over a public network would be prudent. Websites like that are mostly text and won't use much of your data plan. Use the public wifi network for the data heavy stuff like video.
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Old 06-07-2014, 11:28 AM   #38
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Good advice about passwords. The internet is a public network regardless of how it's accessed, but you are more situationally secure with a hotspot. I personally don't bother and worry more about people with skimmers, clerks, waitresses and malware. They are the main methods people use for CC, your mail is the weak spot for everything else (eg phishing scams)...
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Old 06-07-2014, 12:24 PM   #39
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I agree with you on the main threat. I dislike letting my credit card out of my sight and I watch for skimmers. I like to pay at the front in restaurants so someone doesn't have time alone with my credit card. However, there have been enough reports of information loss with public wifi that I chose to take precautions. YMMV.
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