The Disappearing Desktop - It's Real This Time
alex at tweedly.net
Wed Nov 16 20:10:52 CST 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 http://www.tweedly.net
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