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Verizon Wireless Broadband safer than WiFi?

1) Can the latte drinking hackers eavesdrop on a Verizon Wireless Broadband connection like they can on an open WiFi connection at a coffee shop?

2) Do I need to bother with one of those $7/month public VPN services if I'm on Verizon Wireless Broadband?

Thanks in advance,
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1) Yes, if there is no encryption and they are willing. A coffee shop's connection is wide open, which allows anyone to connect. Home networks can be encrypted if there is a desire to do so.

2) Nope, just encrypt the network. Unless of course you are FBI or a CEO of some fortune 500 with much sensitive information...

Then you might want to think about encrypting your entire hd, etc. Let me know if this is the case...
mike2401Author Commented:
I'm more concerned about knowing if I can skip VPN if I use a pcmcia wireless laptop card for broadband.

I'm already convinced I need VPN in a open hotspot wifi environment.

Sniffing your VZW cellular data is like sniffing a cellphone conversation.  It's possible, but "leet hackers" don't have the (insert large dollar figure here) gear and knowledge to do it - it's nothing like capturing wifi traffic.

I wouldn't send any classified government secrets over it (nor would I send classified secrets over my home DSL) - but it's suitably secure for mail/www/etc.

Spend the $7/month on a latte instead.
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