Isn't it ironic that this very forum is exactly the kind of website that is [potentially] unsafe to use at a wireless hotspot? I had to log in to create this comment. The login page is plain "http:", which means my password went out unencrypted. For these kinds of sites I use my worst, or easiest to guess passwords, because everybody who wants to can see it anyways. I don't care if someone takes over my C|net account. I'll just not come here anymore if that happens. I get so mad at so call experts that don't even heed their own advice. When you're using public wi-fi you need to browse smart. Only provide your [good] passwords to sites that use "https:"... which almost every financial institution and commercial venture already uses. Save your throwaway passwords for sites like C|NET that don't care enough to protect your password for you. Don't worry about buying music and apps from the iTunes store at Starbucks... that's all encrypted. Don't worry about using bank sites if you HAVE to (I'd still play it safe and save that for home). Before you log in anywhere, look for the "https:" and if it's only "http", decide how important it is to you to get in, and make sure that password is not the same as your bank password. Above all, trusted access point or not, treat every hotspot as if a guy in a black hood was watching the entire data stream right in front of you.
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