public wi-fi dangers are real
Well put Capn Chuck. People do need to be aware, say for instance when using a web-based email client such as Yahoo or AOL, when you are and when you are not protected by HTTPS. Some mail services only protect your login and send the cookies used during the session in the clear where these types of nefarious programs can intercept and use them. Others, like Gmail, protect your entire session - just the way a bank does.
As Capn Chuck pointed out, the interception of a cookie does not give someone access to your computer, but could allow them to possibly commandeer your online session. Since I don't use Facebook or Twitter they are no concern, but if someone could access my email they may find private information I happened to have stored there.
My rules for public wifi:
1) Firewall on
2) File and Print sharing OFF
3) Anti-virus ON
4) Never, ever, accept a certificate unless you are 100% sure of the wifi network
Surf safely but enjoyably,
-- Edited by magicbus on Wednesday 24th of November 2010 02:13:59 PM