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gwalk
Premium
join:2005-07-27
West Mich.

Hospital Wifi, manage the risk ?

I will be spending some time in the hospital in April. They have guest wifi.
In that time period I will have to get online to receive paperless billing and access online billpay and so on.
Just how big a risk am I taking using a public network like that ?
Any suggestions to reduce the risk ?


PrntRhd
Premium
join:2004-11-03
Fairfield, CA

1 recommendation

type https to the sites or use a VPN if you have access to one at work.



gwalk
Premium
join:2005-07-27
West Mich.
reply to gwalk

No VPN but I'm sure all the sites I need to go to are https.
Running Win7 64 bit on my Toshiba laptop, Avast anti virus and windows firewall for what it's worth.



Anav
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Dartmouth, NS
kudos:5

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reply to gwalk

It may be possible to contact the hospital IT person and get a dedicated IP port in your room that allows for VPN connection or whatever your needs are vice using guest wifi.

Very possible just depends on how lazy they are. For example you could vpn to home and then get out through the internet.

That being said, if your using YOUR laptop and https, then your good to go. If they have setup guest wifi appropriately even users should not even be able to see each other an added bonus.
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gwalk
Premium
join:2005-07-27
West Mich.

Thanks Anav, I would be using my own laptop. (10 lbs monster)
All the sites, Credit Union...Verizon..Frontier are all https log in.


HELLFIRE
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join:2009-11-25
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reply to gwalk

said by gwalk:

Just how big a risk am I taking using a public network like that ?

Bigger than 0%, less than 100%.

said by gwalk:

Any suggestions to reduce the risk ?

Good suggestions all around. I'd also add get a physical lock for the laptop, especially if you leave
the room unattended. The LAST thing I think you want (and the first thing people forget) is physical
security of their equipment.

Regards


gwalk
Premium
join:2005-07-27
West Mich.

You got that right HELLFIRE, got a sturdy cable lock...need to find something heavy enough to hook to. good suggestion however.

Not planning to even bring laptop to hospital untill I'm awake enough to ensure it's physical security. to much sensitive data on that thing..It weighs too much for the ill people to take. that thing is a Beast !



NetFixer
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reply to PrntRhd

said by PrntRhd:

type https to the sites or use a VPN if you have access to one at work.

Good advice if the hospital guest WiFi allows outbound https and VPN sessions. I have used hospital guest WiFi (and guest wired Ethernet) connections and on some of them outbound SSL, IPSEC, and PPTP sessions were blocked. I had to use a 3G connection through my cellphone in order to access any encrypted connections (and actually that was officially not allowed either, but fortunately they did not have armed guards confiscating cell phones at the entrance like some DoD sites do).
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HELLFIRE
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reply to gwalk

said by gwalk:

..It weighs too much for the ill people to take. that thing is a Beast !

I got two words to balance that out for you gwalk : "free laptop"

You do the math

Regards


heelyeah
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join:2004-02-11
Raleigh, NC
reply to gwalk

»www.comodo.com/home/internet-sec···rity.php


nonymous
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join:2003-09-08
Glendale, AZ

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reply to gwalk

Like others have said make sure https and that your firewall is functioning correctly. I mean even on the simple widows firewall once in a blue moon I have noticed an extra rule added. Yes I am sure I had missed something allowing it but it is always a good idea to check things out.
Plus physical security of the laptop. Don't leave the laptop with all of your financial records and passwords for everything and anything there. Purge all dangerous data. Or use encryption on all important data.



gwalk
Premium
join:2005-07-27
West Mich.
reply to gwalk

Thanks to everyone for your replies / suggestions.
The good news is I will only be there for 2-3 days instead of the projected 7+
That should make it easier to avoid "bill pay day"
If needed Wife would bring laptop up for a quick "hit and run"
Just a little paranoid I guess, used to my desktop with 4 operating systems with one of them dedicated to financial matters.



RollingBoop

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No offense, but I think you're being a little too paranoid. If the https checks out fine then I think VPN is really overkill. Plus shouldn't you be worried more about your business in the hospital than your internet security. Yes there could be MITM but even some VPN schemes are susceptible to that. Just do what you gotta do man.



gwalk
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join:2005-07-27
West Mich.
reply to gwalk

Guess I always thought some paranoia was a good thing when it came to computers.



DarkLogix
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Baytown, TX
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reply to gwalk

if really worried then use TOR