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Unread 24-01-2014, 12:30 AM   #1
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I am about to embark on another trip to that country and I always bring my laptop to do online banking and pay my bills online there. I rent from the same person a condo and in the past used his internet in the condo I rent. In my previous trips I always hooked up to his ADSL connection and this trip he offers this and WiFi in the condo as well. Is it safe to use the WiFi when banking online or strictly use the Ethernet connection when doing so?

My second question, there are condos in another location that I am thinking of renting. They only have Wifi in their rooms. When I stated to them that I am leery of using their Wifi doing online banking, they said it is just as secure. Is it?

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Wifi is never as secure as an Ethernet connection; no matter how good the security is, someone can decrypt the signal, whereas with LAN actual physical access is needed. However, if you use a strong wifi password, WPA2 encyrption or better, and turn off WPS on your router, it is very unlikely that anyone would gather your details as it would be too much effort (network gurus feel free to correct me here). I use LAN wherever possible though, not just for paranoia's sake but for speed as well
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Wifi is never as secure as an Ethernet connection; no matter how good the security is, someone can decrypt the signal, whereas with LAN actual physical access is needed. However, if you use a strong wifi password, WPA2 encyrption or better, and turn off WPS on your router, it is very unlikely that anyone would gather your details as it would be too much effort (network gurus feel free to correct me here). I use LAN wherever possible though, not just for paranoia's sake but for speed as well
Thank you, I have one more question. There is some software called "Anchorfree" and am wondering if you have heard of it. Can you give me any feedback on this product?
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I have used HotSpot Shield many times before (I went to a boarding school), and it would probably help with security, but it will slow down your connection even further than the slowness of wifi, and it can be very difficult to get rid of when you don't want it anymore.
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Taking your advice on Hotspot Shield, Thanks! I was recommended using Spotflux. Would greatly appreciate your feedback on this product.
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The concern with using publicly available Wi-Fi is that you don't know who else is on that network sniffing traffic.

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