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Old 09-08-2016, 06:46 PM   #1
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How safe is campground Wifi?

We are new to 5th wheeling - this will be our 2nd winter away from the cold. How safe is it to use the free wifi? What else can you do or purchase? I just saw a show on all the bad things that can happen but don't know what else to do to get banking, bill paying, etc. done on the road.
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Old 09-08-2016, 06:57 PM   #2
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We use our own hot spot from verison to do that important stuff. Campground wifi just to surf the web.
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Old 09-08-2016, 07:00 PM   #3
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I avoid any "free" wifi except for video streaming and stuff through the iPhone. Generally you'll get a much more secure and definitely faster connection if LTE service is available. I carry an older MacBook Pro that doesn't have any sensitive data for other times when the only thing available is free wifi. Plus, I always use a VPN service, although that usually slows things down a little.

As far as banking, bill pay, etc, only use the iPhone dedicated apps.
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They are not "safe" at all. Odds to get hacked may be low, but you have no protection. Download a free app to get a VPN (virtual private network). I use and like one called Private Internet Access.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com
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Old 09-08-2016, 07:07 PM   #5
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Free wifi is great. Open wifi (no password) is risky. So we use free wifi at campgrounds that have an access code. That way we know it is their wifi and not a spoof. Also we use a VPN service to further protect us. When connected via public wifi we try to only use encrypted sites (HTTPS). Any financial site should have this already. This article explains it fairly well:

http://www.howtogeek.com/219384/how-...blic-networks/

We upped our mobile data package so we can use our phones as hotspots when necessary, still using the VPN of course.
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Old 09-08-2016, 10:45 PM   #6
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Campground wifi is generally crap slow and overloaded.

I carry my own Jetpack hotspot.

http://learntorv.com/mobile-internet-on-the-road/
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Old 09-08-2016, 11:39 PM   #7
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Get yourself a "Hot spot" from your cell provider. I'm not trying to sell any particular provider, however, we do use Verizon's Hot Spot and it has excellent connectivity!
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They are not "safe" at all. Odds to get hacked may be low, but you have no protection. Download a free app to get a VPN (virtual private network). I use and like one called Private Internet Access.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com
LOL the free app probably tracks and hacks you too! There's really no escape.
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Get yourself a "Hot spot" from your cell provider. I'm not trying to sell any particular provider, however, we do use Verizon's Hot Spot and it has excellent connectivity!
This I agree with (and have). Also I find that "free" wifi (nothing is free) usually has lousy connections and speed anymore.
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Old 09-09-2016, 09:18 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone for the information. I really am not familiar with any of this stuff!!!!
We do have Verizon - how does the hot spot work with the laptop? I don't want to have all the banking, email etc. on my phone.
Thanks again.
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