Re: Wi-Fi question

From: Mike (jmerk_at_aol.com)
Date: 09/24/04


Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2004 15:08:46 -0400

Through Outlook 2002 only- I have 7 email addresses (mix of Pop 3 and
hotmail accounts).
Is that vulnerable?

"Fritz" <fritz@biteme.net> wrote in message
news:%23PGispjoEHA.3900@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> Do you use a mail client on the public Wi-Fi?
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> "Mike" <jmerk@aol.com> wrote in message
> news:ODJYkddoEHA.3424@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
>> Right. So to sum up the threat comes from the fact that on a public Wi-Fi
>> access point (with no encryption), people can sniff data when being
>> transmitted between the laptop and the access point (and vice-versa
>> eventually) unless the data is going to/ coming from a HTTPS web site.
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>> All the web sites on which I have to log in (with a password) use SSL. So
>> where is the danger for me then?
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>> "Fritz" <fritz@biteme.net> wrote in message
>> news:eDQ4QWaoEHA.3876@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
>>> If you're just browsing the web then it's fine. I wouldn't use those
>>> places with any services that require you to enter your password or
>>> credit card number unless you're positive that the site is using SSL
>>> (Secure Socket Layer/HTTPS). If it does, you usually see a little
>>> yellow podlock icon in the bottom right corner of your IE window.
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>>> "Mike" <jmerk@aol.com> wrote in message
>>> news:ef8KAkYoEHA.3876@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
>>>>I see. So how you protect yourself? Should I stay away from them
>>>>altogether? I suppose you don't use them yourself. I am in Manhattan and
>>>>Verizon offers its DSL customers free Wi-Fi access over the city. But I
>>>>think it's the same problem and so it is for T-Mobile Hotspots I
>>>>suppose.
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>>>> "Fritz" <fritz@biteme.net> wrote in message
>>>> news:%23bPlqbYoEHA.2140@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
>>>>> If you re-read what I wrote carefully you'll notice that I said that
>>>>> it can happen while the data is exchanged over the wireless network.
>>>>> Meaning, if you go to a web site, or check your mail, or whatever,
>>>>> you're essentially making a connection to some server and *SEND YOUR
>>>>> PASSWORD* to authenticate at some point that password usually travels
>>>>> over that network in clear text format. The firewall can't do
>>>>> anything about that.
>>>>>
>>>>> "Mike" <jmerk@aol.com> wrote in message
>>>>> news:OC8ee$XoEHA.3520@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
>>>>>> Even if my Firewall is turned on? How can they still my passwords?
>>>>>>
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>>>>>> "Fritz" <fritz@biteme.net> wrote in message
>>>>>> news:%231bpc7XoEHA.2636@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
>>>>>>> It is more likely that your identinty will get *stolen* before your
>>>>>>> laptop is compromised - which may come later as a result.
>>>>>>> Basically, when there is no encryption, someone sitting next to you
>>>>>>> or on the opposite side of the room can VERY EASILY sniff any
>>>>>>> information exchanged between the access point and your system - or
>>>>>>> any system connecting to that same access point for that matter -
>>>>>>> including your passwords, credit card numbers, etc....
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> "Mike" <jmerk@aol.com> wrote in message
>>>>>>> news:uj936zXoEHA.1308@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>>>>>>>> Hello,
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> When connected to a Wi-Fi network (which is not mine at home)
>>>>>>>> without any encryption (public network), is there any way someone
>>>>>>>> can infiltrate my laptop? I am running NAV 2002 on XP Pro SP2 with
>>>>>>>> firewall turned-on.
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