[PLUG-TALK] Unsecured Wi-Fi

Russell Senior russell at personaltelco.net
Wed Aug 14 13:00:58 PDT 2019

>>>>> "Rich" == Rich Shepard <rshepard at appl-ecosys.com> writes:

Rich> On Wed, 14 Aug 2019, wes wrote:
>> IMO, the bigger problem is people who are unaware of the risks
>> associated with "secure" wireless connections. The level of
>> protection added with the most commonly used methods of encryption
>> are paltry, at best. This leads people to have a false sense of
>> security when connecting through them, thus causing the actual risk
>> to be much higher, rather than lower.

Rich> Interesting points, Wes.

Rich> Perhaps it makes no difference whether one's identity and
Rich> financial information is stolen via a man-in-the-middle over open
Rich> wi-fi or from the financial instutions' web sites. Think
Rich> CapitalOne, Equifax, First National Title Insurance. The concept
Rich> of privacy is no longer.

Anything remotely sensitive is encrypted with https these days. This was
the case for banking and e-commerce from the very early days. None of
the breaches you mention had anything to do with public wifi.

If someone was reporting on privacy today, they would do better to talk
about DNS and/or Tor. You pay a price in efficiency with Tor, but
sometimes it might be worth it. There have been some developments on the
DNS front recently.

Russell Senior, President
russell at personaltelco.net

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