What's good protection from Public-Wifi?

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by Simon Phoenix, May 9, 2008.

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  1. Simon Phoenix

    Simon Phoenix Registered Member

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    I'm on public wifi at the airport and I got a message saying "another computer is nearby" click a button to connect. What is that?

    I have pctools firewall and avast and I don't want anyone sneaking into my pc so how can I protect myself with public wifi?
     
  2. alex_s

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    I feel quite comfortable with Online Armor. Just setting WiFi interface to not trusted. This is enough that noone could connect you using netbios or any other tcp/ip way.
     
  3. mike113377

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    I'd say that your 'computer is nearby' message, comes from the new Windows Vista feature, Windows Meeting Space. You can learn some more about it there ; http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/features/details/meetingspace.mspx

    However, your question sounds interesting.
    You can connect thru a VPN tunnel, when connecting to wi-fi hotspots but that doesn't seem to be the an easy task. There must be some recommended firewall to protect yourself on public wifi connections, which one, I have no idea, but I'd like to hear some opinions about it.
     
  4. Tadoussac

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    Anchorfree offers a simple (and free) encrypted VPN solution which they claim is designed for use in public hotspots.
    http://www.anchorfree.com The product is called Hotspot Shield.

    I have used it when traveling with my laptop. It's very easy - but to be honest, I can not quantify how secure it actually is.
     
  5. alex_s

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    ===
    Host a Wi-Fi Hotspot --- Get a Free Wi-Fi router from AnchorFree!

    Turn your Wi-Fi network into an advertising vehicle!

    Generate Ad Revenues!
    ===

    Hm .. "Generate Ad Revenues!".
     
  6. Diver

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    Its addware. The program creates sort of a VPN by using their server that also serves up adds. Seriously annoying.
     
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    Thanks for the info. Came by this some weeks ago and was left wondering how their VPN actually worked.
     
  8. YeOldeStonecat

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    VPN services such as Anchor Free are good to secure your traffic...while you're on open public wifi spots. But the OP has a local firewall point that he's addressing...not a traffic encryption issue. Setting Vista to "public network" will lock up his PC..or select a 3rd party software firewall.
     
  9. murlay

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    is anyone here using Cyberghost VPN? and what's your experience using this service?

    i was thinking about using one of these two. either Hotspot Shield or Cyberghost VPN.

    here's the web http://www.cyberghostvpn.com/?language=en

    Cyberghost seems to be a little 'professional' in appearance compared to Hotspot Shield. but still, it has a limited usage of 10GB per month for free user just like Hotspot Shield.

    need your opinion guys! thanks a lot.
     
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