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jorgez Apr 13th, 2011 09:00 AM

good security for public WiFi trading
I am not very clever with computers but I am wondering what is the best method of securing my notebook on public WiFi.

Could I use a second router or switch with some sort of inbuilt security.

I am thinking mainly of trading from a hotel room or rented apartment where WiFi is supplied.

Where I can find the WiFi Router, could I disconnect it and use my own. However in a hotel, that is not possible.


r-in Apr 13th, 2011 09:04 AM

Just say no, unless you really have to get off a trade. I've seen the security guys at their conferences crack the latest greatest security for wireless devices in a matter of minutes. On the other hand the odds of someone hitting on your laptop in your room are probably minimal and would be by chance more than anything. For me though the whole idea is a no go decision.
Someone will probably correct me, but I have been under the impression that running through 2 routers was not a good idea, as they don't usually cooperate to well.

jorgez Apr 13th, 2011 09:24 AM

Hi r-in,

Thanks a lot.

I can see that WiFi security in Hotels can be tricky.
Is there a piece of software that can tell me if my machine is being accessed from outside.

As far as rented apartments go, can I replace the existing Router with my own router.

thank you.

vikana Apr 13th, 2011 10:07 PM

un-encrypted "open" WiFi is easily hackable. There are extensions to e.g. Firefox that will let someone else collect your logins, cookies and other session data.

It's simply folly to use Public WiFi, imo.

startraitor Apr 13th, 2011 10:13 PM

What is the risk of all this? My identity has been stolen to the tune of over $100,000 in a couple of days and I have had money taken from accounts in unauthorized transactions. I haven't, nor has anyone I know lost one dime or even a good nights sleep worrying about it. I do not know why anyone worries about this stuff. You file a police report, write a few letters, make a few phone calls and you are made whole. Big whoop.

BoyPlunger Apr 13th, 2011 10:41 PM

Who made you whole? The bank/broker where it was stolen from? I didn't think it was as easily remedied as you're saying...

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