Reply To: 10 Dec 16 – Public Wi-Fi is dangerous
Your title summarizes it all. From a security standpoint, it’s really only marginally worse. It only takes one compromised router along the way to ruin your day if you’re accessing something sensitive; doesn’t matter if it’s on the same network segment as your device or five hops toward the destination. The only significant difference would be, the guy on the other side of the Starbucks gives you a disapproving look like, Ashley Madison…for realz??? But still, your defense against that is an encrypted tunnel, in which case that same lookey-loo sees only your tunnel broker’s IP address and not that of Ashley Madison. If you’re doing something sensitive like banking, is it really going to matter much whether the other Starbucks patrons see that you bank at keyBank vs. M&T? You’re going to be under HTTPS anyway so that the contents are known only to M&T and you.