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Secure your internet connection at Starbucks
Authored by: Skurfer on Aug 21, '07 01:34:52PM
This is secure from your machine to… where? One of T-Mobile's routers? What about the rest of the machines your traffic goes through on the way to its destination? I think it's better to just always assume someone's watching your traffic - always - and act accordingly. (Use SSL, SSH, SCP, SFTP, SSH tunnels, etc.)

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Secure your internet connection at Starbucks
Authored by: weitzman on Aug 21, '07 02:21:59PM

do you use encryption on your home wifi? why? i bet you do, and this hint exists for the same reason ... yes, using SSL and such when sites provide them is a good idea.



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Secure your internet connection at Starbucks
Authored by: Skurfer on Aug 22, '07 06:55:36AM
do you use encryption on your home wifi? why?

Yes, because when using encryption, every client device needs a huge numeric key just to connect. That makes it much more difficult for unwanted people to use my network. This unintended side-effect of authenticating connections is why I use WPA or WEP. The fact that it's also encrypted is a nice bonus, but it's practically irrelevant (unless I'm transferring something private between machines in my house over an insecure file sharing protocol, which is rare).

I also didn't mean to imply that there's no value to this hint. This may be a way to protect your T-Mobile credentials and prevent others from abusing your account. Another commenter said that this allowed you to connect without a web browser, and that alone probably makes it worthwhile.



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