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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by old growler, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. old growler

    old growler Newbie
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    Hi folks - I've ordered my new 'HTC Desire' and plan to use the WIFI feature where possible, to help keep the data use down (I only have 500mb per month). However is it secure to use random 'unlocked' WIFI out and about, or should I avoid this for security reasons?


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  2. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Of course random, unsecured WiFi hotspots are not secure.

    Don't send any identifying data when.connected. don't internet bank. Normal.browsing should.be.fine though.
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  3. old growler

    old growler Newbie
    Thread Starter

    OK sounds sensible to me! Would accessing emails be ok do you think?
  4. DCFC79

    DCFC79 Android Enthusiast

    bit dodgy with this, i personally wouldnt though
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  5. old growler

    old growler Newbie
    Thread Starter

    So is there no 'anti-virus/protection' for mobiles then? I thought there would be some sort of protection by now! (as you can tell, I'm not very technical minded!!)
  6. DC E1G

    DC E1G Well-Known Member

    There are real viruses for Android, yet. Being as it's Linux based as well it has a certain resistance to virus attacks.
  7. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Its not the viruses you have to worry about, in unencrypted data traveling over unsecured airspace.
  8. old growler

    old growler Newbie
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    I'm going to be scared to do anything!!!!
  9. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Just use your home wifi to do anything that involves transmitting personal data.

    Replying to geoff's email to say you're in starbucks but will at the dog and boot by 7 is perfectly fine.
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  10. old growler

    old growler Newbie
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    I see, so people won't be able to 'hack in' to my phone using unsecure wifi - just intercept data sent - ie emails, bank details that sort of thing?
  11. Jammy

    Jammy Android Expert

    So long as you don't use SSH, you should be fine. The data that you send can be intercepted, so don't download/upload anything private.
  12. Slash3040

    Slash3040 Well-Known Member

    If you're just logging into a website or so you'll be fine but just don't enter anything too personal (bank information, your address, passwords, etc). I'm a little weary about my information even on my home network :S
  13. williamj1

    williamj1 Android Enthusiast

    If you need to use public wifi, look for BT Openzones or similar which encrypt data over a secure connection.
  14. Baz8755

    Baz8755 Well-Known Member

    I recently went on holiday to USA and both my wife and I took our Androids, given that data roaming is so expensive we used Wi-Fi hotspots.

    Being paranoid I changed our passowrds to our google accounts before we left and then changed them back when we came home.

    I am curious to know if there is actually a risk of someone hacking your google account if you use our andriod phone on an unsecured Wi-Fi?


  15. old growler

    old growler Newbie
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    Sorry, what is SSH?!?!?
  16. Jammy

    Jammy Android Expert

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  17. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Well your phone is already logged in, so its not transmitting the password back and forth, unless you log out and log back in again.
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  18. HellsBells

    HellsBells Newbie

    So whenever I check emails my login information is not being sent then ?

    Only my googlemail password, for example, could give access to a lot of other things (including google checkout, which has cc details, etc) so I really wouldn't want to rsik it being picked up.
  19. Skipdawg

    Skipdawg Android Enthusiast

    Even encrypted wifi should not be used for anything sensitive, Someone in the know and with the rick skills can hack in easy. I check around the neighborhood about once a week and on average find about 5 open insecure WiFi connections available.
  20. rubiconjp

    rubiconjp Android Enthusiast

    Most banks employ SSL for HTTP connections, so I would imagine that their bank apps would employ similar techniques.

    Once an https/SSL connection is established, your bank username and password and information are encrypted before sending thus are pretty secured, even on public networks. They are not transmitted as clear text.

    Try open a webpage on gmail.com or chase.com or bankofamerica.com or most any other bank, and you'll see the https URL's.

    Note that yahoo Mail does not use https. One more reason to dump Yahoo Mail for GMail!
  21. dylo22

    dylo22 Android Enthusiast

    SSL is fine when a connection is made. The problem with public wifi is anyone on the network can intercept your data before it hits the access point. That means a hacker on the same network can use man in the middle attack and intercept your SSL connection request and pretend to be you connecting to the server.
  22. sylvainr

    sylvainr Newbie

    if you go on a unsecured Wi-Fi, unless it's for browsing the internet without send sensitive data, i wouldn't do it myself,
    even in a Starbucks or a public cafe that you have access free, they were info about those open spot that a IT thief can intercept those data and use it
  23. Demache

    Demache Android Expert

    As a general rule of thumb, don't do anything that involves important private information on unsecured networks. Its not like there will be a data thief at every Starbucks, so don't freak out if you accidentally do. But only do it if you absolutely NEED to.

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