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Re: Wireless cafe internet access security



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Thanks for the input Doug.

"And I'd suggest WPA at home, not WEP, unless your hardware will not 
support it." 

My Thinkpad supports WPA but the wife's Dell doesn't. I'm aware of it and 
WEP is better than nothing.

"What do folks on the road do, who encounter this dilema?" VPN?

Yes - vpn is ok if I'm on the road and the site I connect to offers 
SSL/VPN type stuff.

But my initial question stems from a friend who asked about this while on 
the road in a motor home.

He wants to frequent web sites that do not utilize any mechanism of 
securing connections, but do require a user id/password. He was more 
concerned about logging into, say a site like yahoo, (without the secure 
login option), and then wondering if anyone could steal his login 
credentials, and snoop on his pc for other sites that he may frequent, 
which may use the same user id and password.

My response was to use different passwords, especially for 'sensitive' web 
connections such as work/banking/retirement etc... 

Regards, Jerry

Gerald Kern - MIS Project Leader
Lotus Notes/Domino Administrator
IBM Certified RPG IV Developer
The Toledo Clinic, Inc.
4235 Secor Road
Toledo, OH 43623-4299
Phone 419-479-5535
gkern@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


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