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Hot Spot Wi Fi

Jul 14, 2016 10:51AM PDT

I would like some opinions on the reliability of the hot spot wi fi. How secure are they as opposed to cable, satellite, etc.? We are thinking of getting into the 21st century with our first iPhones and US Cellular wants to bundle the hot spot in with our purchase. We have not decided yet. We have satellite right now with only 10G, they are offering 17G....I hope "G" is the right term. Thanks,

Old Granny Lola

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Secure from who? NSA?
Jul 14, 2016 10:55AM PDT

You'll have to tell how secure it must be. The case about Lavabit revealed a lot about this so moving on.

As to Satellite, that's rarely WiFi so we're all over the map in this discussion. Can you clarify the question?

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Secure from???
Jul 14, 2016 2:11PM PDT

Mr. Proffitt...Do you always have to try to embarrass me with my piddly computer
knowledge? I have no idea of what you speak when mentioning "Lavabit." I am concerned about somone trying to get into my financial stuff? That simple! I thought this forum was to help people such as I.

Thanks for your response..........

Old Granny

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I can fill in some blanks.
Jul 14, 2016 2:19PM PDT

There are folk that step into the secure question so I need to know just how secure this must be.

Lavabit and what happened revealed that in the USA the data is collected by our internet, cell and phone providers since it's mandated that the gear to do this is installed there.

You asked a fine question but I need to know how secure this must be. For everyday users, even that is debatable if what we use is good enough.

-> The usual advice about open WiFi is simple. Treat it as untrustworthy and don't do your banking and such there.

If the WiFi is your own, outside of our governments, it's usually secure enough.

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I can fill in some blanks
Jul 14, 2016 4:51PM PDT

Thank you very much, Mr. Proffitt.... that's exactly the answer I was looking for. Have a great day and God Bless......

Old Granny Lola

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The HotSpot is usually a small device
Jul 15, 2016 4:50AM PDT

that you put somewhere in the house and which receives the Cell signal, the same one as the phone does, and converts that signal into a wireless signal.

On the initial setup, you would provide a name for your hotspot and a password that you will use to log your laptop onto the wireless signal.

At that point, it is as secure as any other usual, in your home, wireless network.

Your neighbors, assuming you have such, may be able to "hear" your wireless signal but would need the password to log onto it.

As Bob says, "If the WiFi is your own, outside of our governments, it's usually secure enough."

P

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Security of WiFi
Aug 8, 2016 9:22AM PDT

Thanks, P, you always come up with an answer I understand..... We have a password protected WiFi in our home supplied by our Dish Network TV-internet provider. I did buy an iPhone 6 plus and am struggling along with it.

Old Granny Lola

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