The Disappearing Desktop - It's Real This Time

Alex Tweedly alex at
Wed Nov 16 21:10:52 EST 2005

Chipp Walters wrote:

>> I'm not concerned about Internet wires and signals - I happily use 
>> Internet banking over public wifi - 
> Wow! Can you tell me which Starbucks you'll be visiting soon? ;-)

None - but that's for other reasons :-)

> I know of people who troll near public wifi spots just looking to grab 
> usernames and passwords. I certainly would be _very careful_ about it.

The whole point is that in a ssl-connected context, nothing, including 
usernames and passwords is sent in the clear; so they can listen in on 
my wifi connection if they want - it's already encrypted end-to-end. 

The data is only vulnerable between the time it leaves my 
fingers/keyboard until it gets encrypted - hence my unwillingness to use 
an "unsafe" computer. For similar reasons I wouldn't use a 
wireless-connected keyboard, or a Bluetooth-connected keyboard (not 
without investigating their encryption level).

Alex Tweedly

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