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    How secure is WiFi
    I'm going to be out of town for a week and want to be able to check and send email as well as update feeds, etc. If I find a WiFi signal somewhere, how secure is the information I am sending back and fourth?
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    I assume you won't be going through a VPN?
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    Not sure what a VPN is (showing my ignorance in this area). If that's the drive through at Starbucks, then yes.
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    VPN=Virtual Private Network. It's a secure connection. Haven't used public accessible WiFi so I can't help much here, sorry.
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    You're close! It's software that's a secure drivethrough for data Virtual Private Network. I've haven't had the need to look into these for a while (years). Maybe someone can suggest a free open source one???

    Short of that, WiFi is reasonably secure, depending on which one (whose) you use. Kind of a crapshoot. But I'm by no means an expert...
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    VPN means virtual private network. With a VPN, your computer would be sending encrypted data back to your home network. A VPN is probably a bit overboard for a short trip. It is more the type of thing you would want if you hand a remote office.

    Your personal data is likely to be quite secure using standard SSL. If you are wanting to do things like check your bank statements, SSL would probably be sufficient to protect you. To check CJ, go to https://www.cj.com/ instead of http://www.cj.com. For that matter, all of the big networks seem to have SSL versions of their site. Simply https:// instead of http://.

    Personally, I would consider any WiFi signal I sniffed out to be suspect. I always feel better using SSL from trusted entities like my Hotel or the local library.

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    Parking the motorhome near enough to be able to log on to a public WiFi connection without blocking traffic is an art.

    There is a setting on my Centrino laptop that sets up a firewall so that nobody on that network can get in to my machine. That is all I have found that you can do to protect yourself.


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