If am using an unsecured Wi-Fi (no WPA2, etc) and there is no trust for the wireless access point, does say using HTTPS really help to protect the transmission between my client and a web server? I am considering a hypotheical in which the wireless access point may be monitored. So if an attacker has access to the frames, does SSL still protect my transmission?
Or would the best thing be to use VPN? I understand some VPN options are SSL but some are PPTP, etc. I am trying to determine.