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Standard User GeoffB
(fountain of knowledge) Sun 06-Jan-13 11:02:14
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How secure is BT Wifi?


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I connected my laptop to a BT Wifi hotspot for the first time last week. It was being broadcast from a private house - I was sitting in my car waiting for a friend to arrive back home and was about 15 minutes early so I fired up my lappy to work on a spreadsheet and the popup appeared telling me that there were networks in range.
I tried out of curiosity to connect to the BT Wifi one (using my BT Broadband credentials) and it connected instantly. Without really thinking, I logged onto my bank and spent about 10 minutes checking balances etc. My question is this - was I just as safe doing that as logging on at home fom my encrypted network? I did have to open the car door to get a better signal but apart from that I was impressed.

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Standard User BatBoy
(legend) Sun 06-Jan-13 11:05:44
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Re: How secure is BT Wifi?


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I think it's quite secure, and BT offer a free VPN client for extra peace of mind as a download.
More details here http://www.btwifi.com/help/security/


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Standard User jchamier
(knowledge is power) Sun 06-Jan-13 12:34:04
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Re: How secure is BT Wifi?


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In reply to a post by GeoffB:
My question is this - was I just as safe doing that as logging on at home fom my encrypted network?

Yes because the bank's website encryption works from the bank to your laptop over any connection. (Encryption over the internet, as well as encryption over your WiFi or Ethernet connection, or any WiFi hot spot).

Where the hot spot's can be a problem is logging into forum sites, or places such as web email, facebook, twitter, where your password isn't protected. Many mobile phone apps don't use secure ways of connecting to these sites.

Also when you're posting on tbb the forum post isn't encrypted over the connection, so there is the possibility that someone else using the hotspot could see and/or tamper with it.

James BT Infinity 2 19/09/2012 - Estimate 44.6/6.5 - Install 52/12 - Actual 46 / 8 Mbps
Huawei VDSL -> Draytek router -> Apple Airport Extreme -> Belkin Switch -> Windows/Mac/Linux/NAS/Phone
13 years of broadband - 1999 ntl:(512k/1M)/BTbusiness(2M)/Metronet(2M)/Bulldog(8M/16M)/BE(19M/16M)/BT FTTC(46M)


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Standard User jchamier
(knowledge is power) Sun 06-Jan-13 12:35:20
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Re: How secure is BT Wifi?


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In reply to a post by BatBoy:
I think it's quite secure, and BT offer a free VPN client for extra peace of mind as a download.
More details here http://www.btwifi.com/help/security/


That is good!

James BT Infinity 2 19/09/2012 - Estimate 44.6/6.5 - Install 52/12 - Actual 46 / 8 Mbps
Huawei VDSL -> Draytek router -> Apple Airport Extreme -> Belkin Switch -> Windows/Mac/Linux/NAS/Phone
13 years of broadband - 1999 ntl:(512k/1M)/BTbusiness(2M)/Metronet(2M)/Bulldog(8M/16M)/BE(19M/16M)/BT FTTC(46M)
Standard User jw6520
(learned) Sun 06-Jan-13 13:11:10
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Re: How secure is BT Wifi?


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Does the 'linked' BT VPN client come preconfigured to access a VPN server?

I've tried to download to take a look, but can't access it at the moment.

Cheers

John
Standard User BatBoy
(legend) Sun 06-Jan-13 13:56:26
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Yes it does.


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