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Is it safe to browse the web with the WLAN at school?

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I use it sometimes on my cell phone and laptop, but is there a risk of me getting my accounts stolen or whatever?
There has been times where I had to login to important websites, such as my bank's website, but didn't because I was scared of being robbed.

I don't know really know if it's possible for the network owners to actually see the passwords and stuff that goes through the network, that's why I'm asking.
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Yes, such information is usually secure or encrypted.
EDIT: Didn't know Ethereal existed, don't do it.
Edited by TurboHertz - 6/17/10 at 9:27am
    
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NO

I could hang out with ethereal open and grab all your ****.
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Just as I thought... Thanks, will be more careful from now on.
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post #5 of 7
Yeah anytime I need to login to a secure site I use logmein to a pc at my home.

Dont login to anything secure on any public hotspot, not just schools.
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Technically it is possible, but in practice SSL connections are hard to spoof, and most password transfers are encrypted.

Just don't use pop3 email, and do not say secret things over MSN (and alike) protocols, and you should be fine against the random kid with a network sniffer.
    
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post #7 of 7
Well the first post is the more correct. The data is already encrypted. I check my bank, email and various on my phone. Even at work I don't check that stuff. Same goes for free hot-spots.

You're probably safe, but still be cautious.
    
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