Staying Safe on Public Wifi

When I was prepping my slides to speak at CeBIT in Sydney last month, one of my visuals was a picture of a guy in a Starbucks, overlaid with a Youtube video title “Fun with Ettercap” (a free packet sniffer).  The storyline was about how easy it is to sit in on a public wifi and intercept all kinds of fun and interesting stuff.

As Starbucks rolls out free Wifi for all, I was thinking about how to summarize (in less than an hour) the things to do for using public Wifi safely, especially if you know you’re going to be transmitting something sensitive.  Not surprisingly, the nerds at LifeHacker beat me to it.  Great post if you want to take the time to go through the details. My work is done here!

Have a great Fourth of July everybody.

Disclaimer: The views expressed on this blog are mine alone, and do not represent the views, policies or positions of Cyveillance, Inc. or its parent, QinetiQ-North America.  I speak here only for myself and no postings made on this blog should be interpreted as communications by, for or on behalf of, Cyveillance (though I may occasionally plug the extremely cool work we do and the fascinating, if occasionally frightening, research we openly publish.)


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