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Safe with VPN on fake "free wifi" at airport?

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Last Modified: 2016-09-09
On an airport fake "free wifi" network, would you be safe if using VPN?

Two hazards come to mind:

1) The initial login page could be malicious to take advantage of any drive-by boobie-traps.  For example, when the fake auth page phishes for xfinityWiFi or ATTwifi credentials, it could include malicious code attempting to take advantage of un-patched vulnerabilities   Yes, you could randomly happen across a malicious page on the internet, but why concentrate your risk of doing so by deliberately connecting to a malicious network?

2) Maybe your legit NAT router blocks netbios or other ports that maybe the malicious router might not?   Maybe this is less of an issue in 2016 with the default windows firewall blocking all inbound except permitted ports ?

So, if you had tunnel bear VPN on your laptop and were at the airport, would you feel safe (and be safe) using malicious wifi?

Thanks for all thoughts on this matter,
Mike
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