I'm surprised that you claim to be IT literate yet seemingly unaware of the risks presented by connecting to an unknown network.
I wonder if your employers know what risks you are running on their behalf.
You are aware this unknown network can easily see all your network usage and even launch man-in-the-middle attacks?
Like I stated prior, in a light-hearted manner, I would use it on the chance occasion that my regular ISP was to drop. Which in case, I have a wireless BB dongle for that. So, I have had no reason TO use it. Even if I did, I would use an encryption method for the transmission of sensitive data. Which I do anyway, regardless. As I am aware of what is out there and what can happen. But not to me. Hasn't and won't.
As far as my start of this thread, I was inquiring to follow up what I had started. In this case, stopped. Trying to find the location of the WiFi hotspot. Just another anomaly (<maybe not quite the right word for it) that some tech heads investigate as a timekiller or just something to do.
As far as my employers, they provide my internet access for me at home. All I have to do is log on to their service provider, enter user name and password and I'm online, and still remain free of being part of a LAN/WAN unless I choose to do so through them. They also provide the backup service mentioned above.
Edited by coffindodger (Fri 07-Jan-11 18:05:27)