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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-09-2010, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Accidentally logged into an open Wifi spot...

Thinking it was the hotels Wifi. I'm in a small town and didn't think nothing much of it and I logged into my bank account briefly along with some usual message boards and email accounts. The message boards I didn't have to enter my passwords but my email and bank account I did have to enter my password/PIN's. I've already changed my bank PIN (this is just to log into my account online, not my ATM PIN) after I realized what I had done and logged into the hotels Wifi. Should I be real worried about this?




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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-09-2010, 11:45 PM
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That's a tough one. Since you already changed your pword, I'd just keep an eye one your acct.

Unfortunately, w/ wireless, anyone who wants your info bad enough will get it and likely use a packet sniffer. If you're really that concerned, stop using wireless for sensitive online things.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Packet_analyzer

Spy on other network users and collect sensitive information such as passwords (depending on any content encryption methods which may be in use)





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Hell, if it's open, I'd log back in and see what I could find on the network.
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I'm sure I'll be OK being in a small town. Thanks guys, I'll have to be more careful next time.

Oh, I'll add this. Normally when I have to view secure information I'll tether to my phone for the internet connection. Is this safer? I'm guessing it is since I would think the cellular connection is encrypted. Thoughts?




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My bro has a neighbor in an apartment that leaves his open on purpose. He told my bro about it and mentioned a lot of people use it. He said that he'll remote in their pc and stuff. Don't know how accurate that is,but it's pretty crazy shit.
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My bro has a neighbor in an apartment that leaves his open on purpose. He told my bro about it and mentioned a lot of people use it. He said that he'll remote in their pc and stuff. Don't know how accurate that is,but it's pretty crazy shit.
I've got file sharing and everything configured to hopefully protect from that. I'm more concerned about the possibility of my password being stolen.




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You were 99% likely to have had an SSL connection with your banking website, so your password info was sent encrypted.
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I'm sure I'll be OK being in a small town. Thanks guys, I'll have to be more careful next time.
That's what my old man says too. I stress HEAVILY that it really does not matter. There are some aspiring geeks in small towns too (I was in a small town of WV). They may not MEAN to do anything drastic, but they're learning and learning how to capture data and then the best way to validate it is to use it. They may not do anything with it, but these are the "good kids" I'm talking about.

Don't underestimate any environment you're in. With that said though, I think you've put forth enough effort to make sure you're okay. Just monitor at this point.

TX Redneck is right, wireless networks are somewhat easy to capture data on these days. Of course, so is Jedi - but personally, I'm paranoid.

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I was chattin on FB last nifgt w/ a friend in Flroida that for giggles hacked his own wireless w/ Linux to see what was being sent, and to his surprise, his banking credentials were sent as plain text over SSL.

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You were 99% likely to have had an SSL connection with your banking website, so your password info was sent encrypted.
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