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Hotspotshield

Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:37 pm
by kogi
http://www.hotspotshield.com/

I'll be going overseas shortly. I thought it might be a good service if I can VPN back into Aust. so I can do my banking.

kogi

Re: Hotspotshield

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 10:22 am
by abdul
I'm using this software as I reply to your post. Its a freeware software that ensure anonymous and censor free internet usage. I personally use my laptop from remote/hotel connections even if my connection is established via secure vpn tunnel. There are software's that records keystrokes and takes screen shots without you knowing, so try to avoid using internet cafe's for online banking.

Re: Hotspotshield

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 10:23 am
by kogi
Well, it wouldn't be for netcafes. But it would be for using a wifi access point.

I know there are some ozzie banks that restrice access to ozzie IP addresses

Re: Hotspotshield

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:05 am
by abdul
The software you suggested looks good and it comes some really good features but I haven't tested all it's features. My suggestion is to keep an eye for fraudulent hotspots. A hacker can setup his open hotspot near a valid one by simply configuring his/her notebook to transmit a wireless signal. Some wireless notebooks are configured to connected to the nearest or strongest signal by default, try to disable this feature and verify the name of the hotspots in restaurants or airports ...

Re: Hotspotshield

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 2:27 pm
by peterh_oz
Correct me if I'm wring but a VPN is not necessary for banking as you are on a secure connection anyway. Any packet sniffers can see that you have a "pipe" connection) to our bank, but can't see what is "inside the pipe" (ie the actual data) as it is encrypted by https.

The VPN is mainly to protect non-encrypted surfing, eg connecting to your office.

Personally I simply use the free version of www.LogMeIn.com to connect to home and then go from there if I need security etc.