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I'm going back to school soon and i now have a laptop. So how can i stay secure using their public WiFi? Is it safe to log in to steam? Check schools email etc... and in general just be connected to their WiFi?
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post #2 of 12
I remember I used to have fun in schools wi-fi ) So if there are guys like me on your school wi-fi, then get a good protection. Kaspersky Internet Security is the best imo. Never failed me.
post #3 of 12
Depends on what kind of network your school has set up. When I was a student at Penn State you needed a VPN client with your school user name and pass to get access to the network.

If your school doesnt have any secure log in methods it will be essentially like a large starbucks network.

In general though, as long as there is a secure way to access the network you should be safe from most hazards.
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I found this pdf that shows how to log on to the wifi, it says i need to Enter my eGCC username and password in the Network Authentication login screen. So i take it, its secure? Here"s the link to the pdf showing how to log in
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post #5 of 12
have a firewall.
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post #6 of 12
Your school has a secure log in setup. You should be fine. But I would still have a firewall(with an internet security program(should have anyway) etc..)
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post #7 of 12
our school had an open connection (not even wep, just login through browser) and then a hidden one with WPA2. Needless to say 90% of the students use the open one while i use the WPA protected one... too easy to eavesdrop otherwise
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post #8 of 12
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Do you guys recommend a firewall besides windows firewall? if so what would you recommend? By the way i use Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes anti-malware.
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post #9 of 12
use https connections for anything important.
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post #10 of 12
Use the anti-firesheep, I think it's called Blacksheep. (Unsure if firesheep is still widely used/still works)
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