Wednesday, March 01, 2017

WiFi



Securing Open WiFi

7:30am - Last nite when we were camped in Yucca Valley, for some unknown reason, our Cricket Personal Hotspot became unstable. Kept cutting out!

We found an open WiFi from WalMart. But when we tried to use that WiFi, a warning came that that WiFi was not secure. "Get back to a secure place!", the warning said.

So this morning, Scampy is Morning Camped at the Stater Brothers Market in Apple Valley. Stater has an open WiFi. The challenge is to get on that WiFi and somehow make our Mac computer secure while online.

8:30am - Stater Bros guest WiFi
Our Mac is now using Stater WiFi. The Mac's "Remote Management" and
 "Internet Sharing" have been turned off.

Also, Bluetooth has been turned off.

I still have no idea if I'm secure on open WiFi after these changes. I guess time will tell?



10:30am - Snow on the mountains
We are now Morning Camped at the 24 Hour Fitness parking lot. On the way here we noticed that the mountains south of Apple Valley are beautifully covered with snow.

Maybe because I am from Los Angeles, I am very impressed with snow. Los Angeles hardly gets any snow at all.

Snow on mountains near Apple Valley




6pm - Evening Camped at Staples
When our Dish Network service was cancelled about 2-months ago, we were required to return the modem and a part of the dish antenna. The return kit arrived a few days ago, and we packed the stuff up and brought it to Staples for a UPS return.

We are Camped here near Staples for this evening. Later we will move to a Nite Camp site.

You may be wondering why the Scampy team is camping out, now that we are in Apple Valley where MsTwayler is located?

Well, the reason is that it's a kick to Camp in Scampy. Exciting too! Otherwise, we are just sitting around Twayler not doing too much!


Blogging with Cricket's Personal Hotspot
It is much easier to Blog using Cricket's Personal Hotspot vs using an open WiFi. It appears that open WiFi has a lot of stuff connected with it that makes using it difficult.

We have upped our Cricket data allowance from 8gb to 12gb in order to keep from using our allotted data.

We actually do not use 8gb per month. What happens is, forgetting to turn off Cricket's cellular data causes usage. I don't understand how data is used when I am not doing something online. But there is no doubt that just having Cricket's cellular data on does something to use data.

I try to be careful with turning data off. But I seem to be good at forgetting!

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9 comments:

  1. On an open WiFi system, never type anything you would not want your neighborhood hacker to know. Stuff like passwords in particular. You have zero privacy and security. Zero.

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    1. Thanks for that info.

      It turns out that all of the open WiFi that I have found are pretty much unusable. I am going to stick with my Cricket Personal Hotspot.

      George


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  2. I tend to think if there is no password as a gateway to the WiFi, it is unsecured and theoretically could be hacked.

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    1. Hi Scott,

      I guess that it is best for me to not use open WiFi.

      George

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  3. George, just curious (and probably you have mentioned the reason before and I just can't remember), but was the Dish Network service so bad that you felt it necessary to have it cancelled? My brother, who lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand 6 months a year and then lives in an isolated part of South Carolina the other 6 months, is considering Dish for television service while in the US. He really misses no television while he is in the US, especially with a 3-year old who wants to see his cartoons.

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    1. Hi Dee,

      If your brother uses Dish for TV service, he will very likely be OK with it.

      I was using Dish for internet only service. And I cancelled because I believed that internet service from Cricket would serve me better. Because I get Cricket internet thru my iPhone. Nearly everywhere that I go.

      George

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  4. For "Dee"..I use Dish at home and on the road..It has worked great for me..When moving you just call a # and tell them the new zip code you are located at..Bingo!..On the air TV....

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  5. George

    Why do you pay for an extra device (the mobile hotspot) when your phone probably has a hotspot mode?

    Also, one reason you use data even when you're not using the computer is that the OS and apps automatically download upgrades.

    Joe

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    1. Hi Joe,

      My iPhone has Personal HotSpot capability. The service for that HotSpot comes from a cell phone provider.

      Automatic upgrades may very likely use a huge amount of data. When I leave my Personal HotSpot active over nite, often the next day I am hit with more than a GB of data use.

      I try to update stuff when I am connected to a wireless network.


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