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Checklist 108: Hotel Wi-Fi How-To - SecureMac
This week on The Checklist, we’re going on vacation! No, wait — it’s a business trip. Maybe… the house is being fumigated! Whatever the reason is, we have to check into a hotel, leaving our home network behind. Good news, though: the hotel has free Wi-Fi for us to use! The bad news: we weren’t the ones to set up the security for the hotel’s wireless network. We don’t know who’s staying in the room next door, or what they might be up to… and then to top it all off; we see a message on our computer saying that our current Wi-Fi network connection “exposes all traffic.” What’s a traveler to do?
A few weeks ago, we received an email from a listener, John, filled with questions and concerns about logging into hotel Wi-Fi. John raised a lot of interesting concerns, and it occurred to us that he was probably not the only person wondering these things. Sure, people who travel for business all the time might have these things perfectly understood, but for the rest of us, the occasional trip to a hotel can leave us with some concerns about safe browsing. This week, our checklist consists of John’s many questions — and our answers.
Let’s kick things off with some information about that scary-sounding message you might see on your Mac after you connect to not just a hotel’s Wi-Fi network, but any public Wi-Fi network.
wi-fi  security  privacy  travel  podcast  vpn 
16 days ago by rgl7194
How much money can you save with a Wi-Fi smart thermostat? | iMore
Best answer: If you use a Wi-Fi smart thermostat to intelligently control the temperature in your home, you could in the ballpark of 10%-25% on your energy bill compared to a standard thermostat.
Amazon: ecobee4 Smart Thermostat ($200)
A Wi-Fi smart thermostat offers not only total temperature control from your phone or tablet but real energy savings
The novelty value of being able to control home temperature with your iPhone or iPad is high, but in terms of real dollars and cents, Wi-Fi smart thermostats are expensive compared to normal programmable thermostats, especially if you require pro installation. The degree of energy savings will determine whether a Wi-Fi smart thermostat is a worthwhile purchase, and we're going to help you figure that out.
smart_home  utilities  money  wi-fi  home_stuff 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
Account takeover fraud: 7 tips to make you less vulnerable
Editor's note: Naples (Florida) Daily News columnist and professional organizer Marla Ottenstein has been through a harrowing, expensive and life-changing experience since she was "hacked" last summer. She's sharing some of her insights and the lessons she's learned.
Shame on me, one of the most organized and security-conscious people you’ll ever meet, for logging onto the unsecured Wi-Fi at Miami International Airport last summer. I knew it was the wrong thing to do, but feeling impervious to hackers and somewhat cavalier, I figured: What could happen in 15 minutes.
It turns out a lot can happen. The criminals hijacked my email and my mobile accounts and tried (unsuccessfully) to take over my Apple account, and that was just the beginning.
security  privacy  wi-fi  vpn  2FA  passwords  credit_freeze  USB  charger 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Bad Consumer Security Advice - Schneier on Security
There are lots of articles about there telling people how to better secure their computers and online accounts. While I agree with some of it, this article contains some particularly bad advice:
1. Never, ever, ever use public (unsecured) Wi-Fi such as the Wi-Fi in a café, hotel or airport. To remain anonymous and secure on the Internet, invest in a Virtual Private Network account, but remember, the bad guys are very smart, so by the time this column runs, they may have figured out a way to hack into a VPN.
I get that unsecured Wi-Fi is a risk, but does anyone actually follow this advice? I think twice about accessing my online bank account from a pubic Wi-Fi network, and I do use a VPN regularly. But I can't imagine offering this as advice to the general public.
security  privacy  wi-fi  vpn  2FA  passwords  credit_freeze  USB  charger 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Belkin Official Support - Setting up the Belkin AC1200 or AC750 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender
The Belkin AC1200 or AC750 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender is an 802.11ac 2x2 simultaneous dual-band wireless range extender.  It allows you to extend your Wi-Fi network to access content and stream music or videos on your mobile devices.  This article will guide you on how to set it up properly.
Belkin  Wi-Fi  Wireless  WirelessRouters  Support  Extenders  HowTo  Guides  Tutorials 
6 weeks ago by dk33per
Douglas – OnMyOm: Om‘s Blog
A few days ago I met Chris Michel for coffee. It is our semi-regular monthly catch up to discuss life, photography and occasionally, technology. Often we meet in one of the coffee shops – Blue Bottle, Sightglass or Viva La Tarte. But this time, I trekked it out to Noe Valley, at a place called Douglas. It is called Douglas because it has an exposed Douglas Fir wood beam which is a common building material in San Francisco’s period buildings. (More about Douglas at SF Eater.) 
It is a charming little cafe and neighborhood corner store. Not only does it serve Heart Coffee (nerds in the know approve), Song Tea and lots of baked goods, wine and many products from artisanal (and local) brands. In other words, a great comfortable and lovely location befitting its neighborhood.
The cafe is the brainchild of two techies — Michael Molesky and Maggie Spicer. Michael was the chief operating officer of LiveRail, an ad-tech company that was acquired by Facebook for a rumored $500 million, and later shut down the business. I knew him through my former colleagues at GigaOm, while Maggie is known to me because of her work as a designer. Michael is also running Marker, places oriented startup as well.
Douglas as about half a dozen employees and are looking for more. They have created a social hub for the neighborhood and I was excited to be sitting in a location that felt social — in real life. What a sharp contrast from Bodega, that startup company that essentially wanted to put the corner stores out of business. Not all techies are created equal, after all.
restaurants  coffee  wi-fi  social_networking  business 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
With dramatic increases in online learning and the use of online tools in schools across the country, it’s important to get the most out of your Wi-Fi service.
education  wi-fi  schools 
11 weeks ago by Adventure_Web
In-flight connectivity will be main driver of high-data-rate satellites, AnalysysMason Oct 2018
"Wi-Fi on board passenger aircraft will become the main driver of demand for next-generation high-data-rate satellites."

"We were asked to develop new regional market forecasts to 2025 for the following markets.
= Service provider trunking. Traditional point-to-point connectivity for telecoms service providers and mobile backhaul.
= High-bandwidth enterprise services. Both land-based and offshore services.
= Mobility platforms. In-flight connectivity (IFC) for passenger aircraft; connectivity for cruise ships, ferries and other large vessels; passenger connectivity on railway trains."

"We forecast that the worldwide market for high-speed satellite trunking services will grow in value from EUR1.9 billion in 2017 to EUR4.7 billion in 2025. We believe that the fastest-growing segment will be in-flight connectivity for passenger aircraft, where wholesale revenue will grow from EUR278 million in 2017 to EUR1.9 billion in 2025."
AnalysysMason  satellite  Wi-Fi  market-research 
11 weeks ago by pierredv
How to Secure Your WiFi Network | The Mac Security Blog
Whether at home or at work, your wifi network is the gateway to the internet. While it lets your devices reach out into the world, it can also let hackers get into your network, potentially compromising your devices. As such, the security of your wifi network is essential. In this article, I'm going to explain how you can secure your wifi network.
WiFi Is an Easy Target
Wifi networks are an easy target because they are often insecure, or at least not as secure as they could be. In a recent episode of the Intego Mac Podcast, we discussed how some Russian hackers were caught in the Netherlands trying to hack into the wifi network of the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons. This organization's network was well hardened, and the hackers thought that they might find a weakness in their wifi rather than trying to get at them directly over the internet. Instead of attacking remotely, they parked near the building and tried to get in that way.
The wifi network in question was secure, but that's not the case for all networks. Your home network or the one at your office probably uses a basic router with simple settings designed to make things easy for users. It's important to take some actions to make your router more secure.
wi-fi  networking  router  security  privacy  passwords 
12 weeks ago by rgl7194
Best Mesh Router in 2018 - NAS Compares
Guide to the Best Mesh Router for you in 2018
Wireless coverage is IMPORTANT! No doubt over the course of the year you have seen the word ‘mesh’ being thrown around over and over again. For many of us, this kind of technology has existed for a while in large hotels, conference centres and pretty much anywhere where you need ample wireless coverage across hundreds or thousands of square metres. WHere it is for surveillance, clients, customers or just for the home, choose the right mesh network will be a difficult choice (given that there are literally hundreds of models released this year alone). Luckily I have gone through the best and the worst and below have compiled a guide to the best Mesh Routers of the year. Each of the top 5 mesh routers below was selected for there:
Lowest Price – TP-Link Deco M5 Wi-Fi System – $80
Best Software – Synology MR2200ac Mesh Router – £130
Most Powerful – Netgear Orbi AC3000 – $200+
Easiest Setup – Google WiFi system – $99
Most Intelligent – eero Home WiFi System – $99
Worst Mesh Router – AirTies Air 4920 v2
But before we get ahead of ourselves, what is a mesh router? How does it work and what makes it better than a normal router or powerline adapter? Let’s find out.
router  mesh  wi-fi  networking  comparo  review 
12 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Synology MR2200ac Mesh Router Unboxing and Mesh Explained - NAS Compares
Is the Newest MR2200ac Router from Synology worth it?
As 2018 draws to a close, we were starting to wonder where all the hardware from Synology revealed back in June had got to! One particular Synology device that has been in the pipeline for well over a year, is the newly released MR2200ac mesh router. Now released, we have got our hands on this new addition to the Synology router department and with it, a new evolution of the Synology Router Manager (SRM) software. But from a company that is so highly geared towards NAS, it is still odd getting used to this move into network and internet management in the home or office. The Synology MR2200ac is a device that (although can be used as a typical home router to replace the basic one provided by your ISP with one that has better software) is geared towards Mesh enabled network systems. We will discuss mesh in a second and why it is such it is getting such a boost in popularity in 2018/2019, but for now, let us aim to answer three main questions in this article:
1, Is the Synology MR2200ac a good product
2, If you are considering Mesh, should you buy the MR2200ac?
3, Is the Synology MR2200ac worth the price?
But before we start, a quick reminder about what a Mesh Router is and why it is different/better than a wireless powerline adapter or WiFi extender. Never forget that a Mesh Router is designed to improve Wireless connection coverage.
mesh  router  networking  review  wi-fi 
12 weeks ago by rgl7194

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