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Public Wireless Access, Example Seattle

dxanderson asked
Last Modified: 2010-04-11
The City of Seattle has launched free public wireless access. End users are indicating they can connect with no authentication required. Is this accurate and if so, what are the best procedures/settings to protect information on laptops? Assuming Windows Firewall needs to be enabled but other recommendations?
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If you have to do something to join the network, like click an acceptable user policy, make sure the certificate is indeed from who it's supposed to be from. Disable any sort of sharing (file/printer sharing, etc). You also don't want to be doing anything too critical. If you're really really concerned, use a proxy of some sort like Google's in order to encrypt your traffic.

And now that I've glanced slightly, definitely make sure to read the information that David_Howard has provided. Very good info... some is common sense, some is stuff that people SHOULD be made aware of before they hop into the world of wireless.
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