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Is WIFI secure?

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Hi folks - I've ordered my new 'HTC Desire' and plan to use the WIFI feature where possible, to help keep the data use down (I only have 500mb per month). However is it secure to use random 'unlocked' WIFI out and about, or should I avoid this for security reasons?

Thanks.
 
Hi folks - I've ordered my new 'HTC Desire' and plan to use the WIFI feature where possible, to help keep the data use down (I only have 500mb per month). However is it secure to use random 'unlocked' WIFI out and about, or should I avoid this for security reasons?

Thanks.

Of course random, unsecured WiFi hotspots are not secure.

Don't send any identifying data when.connected. don't internet bank. Normal.browsing should.be.fine though.
 
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I recently went on holiday to USA and both my wife and I took our Androids, given that data roaming is so expensive we used Wi-Fi hotspots.

Being paranoid I changed our passowrds to our google accounts before we left and then changed them back when we came home.

I am curious to know if there is actually a risk of someone hacking your google account if you use our andriod phone on an unsecured Wi-Fi?

Cheers

Baz
 
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I recently went on holiday to USA and both my wife and I took our Androids, given that data roaming is so expensive we used Wi-Fi hotspots.

Being paranoid I changed our passowrds to our google accounts before we left and then changed them back when we came home.

I am curious to know if there is actually a risk of someone hacking your google account if you use our andriod phone on an unsecured Wi-Fi?

Cheers

Baz

Well your phone is already logged in, so its not transmitting the password back and forth, unless you log out and log back in again.
 
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Well your phone is already logged in, so its not transmitting the password back and forth, unless you log out and log back in again.


So whenever I check emails my login information is not being sent then ?

Only my googlemail password, for example, could give access to a lot of other things (including google checkout, which has cc details, etc) so I really wouldn't want to rsik it being picked up.
 
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Most banks employ SSL for HTTP connections, so I would imagine that their bank apps would employ similar techniques.

Once an https/SSL connection is established, your bank username and password and information are encrypted before sending thus are pretty secured, even on public networks. They are not transmitted as clear text.

Try open a webpage on gmail.com or chase.com or bankofamerica.com or most any other bank, and you'll see the https URL's.

Note that yahoo Mail does not use https. One more reason to dump Yahoo Mail for GMail!
 
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SSL is fine when a connection is made. The problem with public wifi is anyone on the network can intercept your data before it hits the access point. That means a hacker on the same network can use man in the middle attack and intercept your SSL connection request and pretend to be you connecting to the server.
 
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