TomTees

  • @hayabusa wrote:

    The two are essentially the same, with a key distinction:

    Both are wireless, but at least, if you change the defaults on your Jetpack, there’s less chance of someone getting your actual key.  And because it’s your Jetpack, you have more control over encryption type being used, etc.

    But at the end of the day, if you use a good…

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  • @ajohnson wrote:

    Secure tunneling protocols are designed so an attacker can observe the handshake but not use that information to decrypt the encrypted data in transit.

    It’s possible to man-in-the-middle these connections, but the success depends on the user ignoring warnings and proceeding without caution. These attacks work when an attacker can…

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  • @m0wgli wrote:

    @hayabusa wrote:

    I don’t have a Macbook, but I’d assume that, just like a windows laptop, there should be a setting to tell it to do nothing when you shut the lid…  I can’t believe they wouldn’t have one…

    I thought exactly the same, but apparently you can’t without installing a third party app such as NoSleep for example. To…

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  • @hayabusa wrote:

    Oh, and one more note…

    If you’re at McDonalds or wherever, that they HAVE wireless, you really have no need to leave your JetPack on, anyway.  You won’t be using your data /Verizon’s services, while you’re on restaurant wireless, so turn it off, while there, and that part ALSO becomes a moot point.

    The only reason to have it…

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  • On a side note, I am loving this “Hacker Talk” because it’s all so new to me.  (Haven’t gotten a damn thing done during the last two days, but am enjoying these conversations!!)

    @chrisj wrote:

    Tom I think you’re mis-understanding the point of the SSID and Password on the Jetpack.

    A computer uses a user name and password to protect your data.…

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  • @ajohnson wrote:

    Yep. If I’m at a coffee shop and need to hit the restroom, I pack everything up and bring my bag with me. Everyone else probably thinks I need a porn break, but that’s better than leaving my system unattended, even for a few minutes.

    Well, since I am not in China or a Hacker Convention, isn’t that a bit “overkill”?

    Also, in my…[Read more]

  • @chrisj wrote:

    First, I thought maybe you entered the SSID and Password from your laptop and/or browser…

    Secondly, having access to the SSID and password on the device seems like a really poor design

    first: you do have to put it on your laptop when you connect. Your laptop’s wifi client will just list everything it sees, and leaves it up to…

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  • TomTees replied to the topic Personal VPNs in the forum Other 7 years, 3 months ago

    @chrisj wrote:

    @TomTees wrote:

    What do you mean by “operational security”?

    The steps I take to protect myself when doing things online, that are of a semi-questionable nature, or wanting to stay off radars. Things like checking some really questionable sites for research papers for school. Like Google Scholar.…

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  • @m0wgli wrote:

    @TomTees wrote:

    In such cases, it is conceivable that someone could quickly go onto my JetPack and find my SSID and Passcode, right?

    It would seem so if the device wasn’t configured to not display the Wi-Fi name (SSID) and password on the display (refer to page 19 of the user guide I posted earlier).

    Okay, thanks for the…[Read more]

  • @hayabusa wrote:

    – Leaving the default SSID will often help someone to look up the default passwords, for given devices, thus, it’s always better to change it.  (Not that there aren’t other ways to find the device type and look for passwords, but why leave it easy for someone to find.)

    Okay.

    – On a JetPack, I have no idea how to disable it,…

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  • @chrisj wrote:

    I’ve used other Verizon jet packs in the past. The screen turns off, and you have to go back through it. No the SSID and the Password for the network being accessible via the screen isn’t really an issue with security. How else are you going to know how to connect to the device?

    A few things…

    First, I thought maybe you entered…[Read more]

  • @UNIX wrote:

    The SSID (Service set identification) is the name of your wireless network, e.g. “TomTees_WLAN”.

    So what is the advantage of creating a customized one (e.g. TomTees_WLAN) versus leaving the default?

    You can disable the broadcasting of the SSID, so that it’s not that obvious for everyone that there is such a network available, but…

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  • TomTees replied to the topic Personal VPNs in the forum Other 7 years, 3 months ago

    @chrisj wrote:

    Ok.

    I’ve built my own, that I use on occasion via Wifi or other un-trusted networks. Using either OpenVPN, or ssh tunneling.

    Yeah, I’m not building anything on my own!

    however when I’m doing stuff that requires me to be anonymous (due to operational security) on the internet I tend to stick with Tor.

    What do you mean by…[Read more]

  • TomTees replied to the topic Personal VPNs in the forum Other 7 years, 3 months ago

    @chrisj wrote:

    What do you mean by  personal VPN?

    I have seen that term used by others to describe a VPN you use for your personal uses.  (As opposed to a “Business VPN” your company might give you.)

    Are you talking a paid for service that uses a pool of ip addresses to hide you? Or do you mean a vpn that you set up and use while in untrusted l…

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  • @hayabusa wrote:

    I’ve not worked with them, either, and having not gone through their manuals or anything, I’d simply have to say that, if they’re anything like any other wireless router vendor, while those may be ‘default’ settings, you’re ALWAYS recommended to change them.

    Its no more secure than some ISP’s wireless routers, whose default…

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