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by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) June 27, 2008 12:35 PM PDT

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What are the dos and don'ts for using public Wi-Fi?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 6/27/08 12:35 PM

Question:

Please help. I'm taking off on road trip across the country
soon for about a month and I'm lugging my laptop along for
the ride to check e-mail, get maps and directions, and
everything in between to make the best out of my trip. I will
be using a wireless connection to access the Internet at
hotels, Starbucks, and other hot spots that are available,
but my concern is always security in these public areas. At
home I know my wireless connection only allows me to be
connected to it, but when I'm out there in the open, how
vulnerable am I? I see people using Wi-Fi all the time at
coffee shops and airports, but I always wonder how do they
make their system safe from intrusions or threats?! Maybe
they don't. Regardless, I'm not willing to take any chances.
So is there like a list of public Wi-Fi do's and don'ts when
using it to ensure my laptop's safety? I would love to get a
check list of items I will need to do to ensure my
information on my laptop is not compromised. Can you please
help me out here?

--Submitted by Margaret K.


Here are some answers from our members to get you started, but please read through all the submission within this discussion thread for more helpful advice and information.

Using public WiFi safely --submitted by Watzman
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=299358&messageID=2800866#2800866

Securing your computer --submitted by Zouch
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=299358&messageID=2800985#2800985

Quick safety tips... --submitted by RobertWFrei
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=299358&messageID=2801052#2801052

Dos and don'ts for using public Wi-Fi --submitted by Ankit B.
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=299358&messageID=2802404#2802404

If you have any additional advice or list of tips you can provide for Margaret, please click on the reply link below and help her out. Please be as detailed as possible when providing an answer. Thanks!

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