Security for a laptop while traveling

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  1. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    Lets say I want to travel....with my laptop. If I am on the road for a few weeks, I would need to do things like make ( and pay for) hotels and rent-a-cars, do some on line banking , etc.
    Is there any way to do this stuff in a secure manner, when internet access will be from free, unsecure wifi connections, such as at the hotel????

    What do folks do?????
  2. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    Unfortunately Jimbo there is no 100 % safe Wireless connection.

    What OS does your laptop have ?

    Do you have a Tunnel that you could use ?
  3. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

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    ...and trust?

    Wired can also be compromised.

    A VPN tunnel is your best bet. Does your home router have that capability?

    Here are a few google results:

    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=travel vpn
  4. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    Windows 7 home premium. I run Nod32 a/v and use that firewall. I do have a wireless router at home. Use the desktop hardwired, and the laptops on the secure wireless.

    Logan Tunnel? Holland Tunnel????

    I am really trying to figure out if I can do secure computing somehow on the road.
  5. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    This is a good question.
    I remember a time in Hawaii when I used my credit card for a sailboat trip. The next day I had a $500 cash withdrawal taken from my account in Mexico.

    I was on the street, reading off my card number in what I know consider a shady part of Honolulu. It was the same street where I was walking back to the hotel and a payphone rang as we were walking by. Can you imagine what they were selling at that time of night?
  6. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    The WinForce Tunnel would be the best.

    You will be fine with that OS.

    I would turn off automatic updates so your computer don't crash when most needed. Windows updates have a way of helping when you don't want help.

    You may be better off using your smart phone , if it has Internet capability. Or a public library.

    Wireless can be hacked, and as mentioned wired can also , if you are going thru a unknown router.

    You can use your Windows Start/Run type "CMD" then type "Tracert 8.8.8.8" (or the IP of your choice) in the CMD window to find out your Network path.

    If you do not trust the path, then you can try something different.


    It is safest to stay home, in any case...
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2012
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