could I get hacked easily using public free wifi

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  1. kenny1999

    kenny1999 Notebook Evangelist

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    I mean, public free wifi available in shopping mall, cafe etc

    could I get hacked easily accessing those free wifi? Anything I can do to protect / or reduce the
    likelihood of getting hacked when using public free wifi?

    Is an iOS device more secure than an Android ?
     
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    It's not really that you can get hacked as such (the device you are using) but your data can be intercepted including anything that isn't encrypted like e-mail credentials (if not encrypted) and logins and passwords (sadly for this website as well).

    There is an easy way to get around this problem - one that I'm pretty sure has been discussed with you a while back - VPN.
    Also - it doesn't matter what device do you use - it's the unencrypted traffic that is the problem, not the device.
     
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    I use Hotspot Shield Elite on all my Windows and Android devices.
     
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    kenny1999 Notebook Evangelist

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    How about "Private WiFi" ? which means for example WiFi set up at home and I am the only user?

    And how about avoiding Public wifi? Using only mobile data on my SIM card? Is mobile data encrypted?
     
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    @kenny1999 Assuming your home Wi-Fi has encryption enabled (WPA2 + AES) it's safe from third parties other than your ISP.
    Same goes for mobile data - it is encrypted as it's part of the LTE standard, but your operator will have access do data anyway.

    So as far as private third parties, both LTE and encrypted home Wi-Fi are safe.
     
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    No defo not safe. Just get a data plan with unlimited data.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
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    I am not worried about my ISP or operator to access my data
    But I cannot accept random someone around with some simple hacking skills
    to get into my data. That is ridiculous.
     
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    As download says, you asked this before - you were already advised that public WiFi is not safe and that a VPN will help to protect you in such a situation.
     
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    Don’t use sensitive internet stuff on a public connection that isn’t secured ;). Your home WiFi is probably password protected with WPA2 or the like, whereas a public WiFi hotspot is usually not password protected or only “protected” with a portal login (just to verify you’re actually a customer at that business, such as a hotel), but not secured.

    As suggested before, a VPN would be a good idea.
     
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    I considered this service but wasn't impressed with their privacy policy. I tried Private Internet Access, and while speeds were good over Wi-Fi, they were trash over Ethernet. TunnelBear had the exact opposite problem in my testing.

    Phoenix uses Hide.me. He says they're fast, and the company says they don't log anything, a claim I find somewhat dubious. They don't offer a Chrome browser extension, which I need to access certain websites from work that are blocked by the corporate firewall because I (obviously) can't install any sort of client software. I also wasn't impressed with my experience in their live support chat.

    As such, I'll stick with VPN.ac. The service has been reliable and the support good when I've needed it.
     
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