How safe is Cellular Broadband? (compared to wifi)

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  1. jfd15

    jfd15 Registered Member

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    Just wondering what vulnerabilities there are to Cellular Broadband as far as
    the signals being intercepted as in wi-fi with the wardrivers + netstumbler types....


    does all the voice traffic flood any potential snoops?



    wondering on this as it seems the radio signals on this travel a lot farther than wifi
     
  2. EASTER

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    Hi jfd15

    Good question.

    You can gather loads of info regarding Cellular Broadband as well as your handsets manufacturer's features found at Howard's Forum if so inclined, but be advised, it is one of THE most heavily audienced and membered forums anyplace to be found since wireless handsets is it's specialty.

    As far as how safe? I been using wireless to connect via internet 2 years now with no problem whatsover, just like any normal internet connection be it dial-up or hi-speed, you need to have your machine's security well-balanced with today's best security apps.

    It is stupidly simple and has saved me mega-bucks from having to deal with a local internet provider and all the issues that come along with them, including the price.

    I utilize minutes and incur charges just the same as a normal phone call. Plus i can always pull the plug if some bot searcher happen to be scanning my ports for a way in, or even a flood, and pick up another "different" line on-the-fly.

    This is now the new age of advanced wireless technology in miniature form.
     
  3. Cretemonster

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    Easter...do tell....Ive longed to hear others wireless router setups.

    I often wonder how many in the general public were unaware how many routers ship ready to allow unfriendlies in.

    I cant say Ive ever seen much advice on setting up router,port block or port forwarding.

    Do you have a standard set of ports you block in the security sense?

    Should I leave PNP enabled..hahahaha...shouldnt I leave telnet open...hahaha!

    I have a great example of a router sold here and ready to infect from one americas greatest super stores,I was amazed at factory defaults.

    Mind you,pouding around with NetStum,I can see many of the neighbors here are not secured whatsoever.

    Of the 13 connections seen,2 are wpa protected in some form or another,the rest are unsecured connections.

    Is that sick or what?
     
  4. jfd15

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    Thanks for the good cell site Easter...



    Doesnt appear to be much interest on this topic here...

    Guess there's not much risk of a Netstumbler type of program on these
    frequencies yet
     
  5. EASTER

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    There is ZERO risk when connecting wireless via handsets because of many ways to immediately abort and break off potential snoops, and they are easy to find anyway given the proper software monitoring equipment.

    IMO, this is been the absolute safest route to practice against any potential piggy-back attempts to hop on to my signals because they can at-once be dumped off-air left with nothing left for them but an empty static screen :D
     
  6. jfd15

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    Easter,
    ive been using the mobile broadband about 2 weeks now and Comodo FW
    has nothing to report as far as firewall events and defense+ events!

    i used to get 20-30 FW events a day when using the public library's wi-fi


    this is nice and quiet....
     
  7. AKAJohnDoe

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    What plan and provider are you using?

    I've been watching for an unlimited data plan that provides at least equivalent speeds (not hard to do with Verizon DSL being maxed out at 694/139 Kbps at home) and price and coverage, but haven't seen one yet that meets all those criteria. I can get a web hosting for not much to get POP email.

    I would drop my home landline and DSL in a heartbeat with those criteria met.
     
  8. jfd15

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    Hey AKAJohnDoe,

    im using Millenicom, which uses the Sprint network....

    i think this is the right link to see if its avail. in your area(but Millenicom can
    tell you for sure):

    http://www.sprint.com/business/products/products/evdoEnterZip.jsp


    (Sprint has good data coverage even in non-urban areas, from what i
    hear)



    It is unlimited per month, avg. download speeds are supposed to be
    around 800 kbps (which is what i get) but some say they are getting
    better speeds (over on the small Millenicom board on DSL Reports)
    and burst speeds are up to 3.1 mbps down/1.8 mbps up.....

    Its month to month service, so you dont have to worry about the dumb
    2-year contract baloney, which is the reason i signed up for it....
    And its $60/month for service and the first month the charge a
    ~$50-$60 "setup fee", which i think is mostly a kind of a deposit for
    the USB cellular modem that they send you...(if you cancel the service
    you have to return the modem(the size of a flash drive) and the
    plastic box it was del. in, in good condition or its a $200 charge...

    I dont know about the email stuff, i think its avail. as i saw something
    on their webpage about it for configuring....


    and if you are located outside their area, the people on the small Millenicom
    forum over there on DSL Reports have good links for reasonable priced
    antennas.....which may allow speeds higher than the 800 kbps avg...
     
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