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okay, the township I live in has a proposal underway( It may have even gone through already-"free public wifi" is now one of my options on my network list) to provide free wireless internet to the whole town. obviously I want to get rid of my cable wireless and save the $60 a month, but what security risks am i taking?<br><br><br><br>
what i would need to know is:<br><br><br><br>
1. do i need a "firewall" or something?<br><br>
2. is my online banking and shopping secure?<br><br>
3. is it a good idea to get rid of the cable or what?<br><br><br><br>
please use small words as i am a tech newbie.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br>
TIA! michelle
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>purrpelle</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><br>
what i would need to know is:<br><br><br><br>
1. do i need a "firewall" or something?<br><br>
2. is my online banking and shopping secure?<br><br>
3. is it a good idea to get rid of the cable or what?<br><br><br><br>
please use small words as i am a tech newbie.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br>
TIA! michelle</div>
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Assuming you trust your township (including trusting whoever they contracted to provide this service to be technically competent) the free wifi is probably at least as secure as a wireless network you might have set up yourself via a commercial internet provider.<br><br><br><br>
As for your questions:<br><br><br><br>
1. You should always use a firewall, one comes with windows XP and that one is probably fine for non-mission-critical applications. Enable it if you haven't already.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/security/winfirewall.mspx" target="_blank">http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/u...nfirewall.mspx</a><br><br><br><br>
2. Shopping and banking online is secure as it ever was and much more secure than doing it in person or over the phone<br><br><br><br>
3. Sure, if you can live with the free service. It is likely slower than commerical broadband and if there is a service outage you can't really ask for part of your money back or anything. I would keep the cable for a month and gauge the quality of the free service. If you can live with it, ditch the cable.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>purrpelle</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><br>
what i would need to know is:<br><br><br><br>
1. do i need a "firewall" or something?<br><br>
2. is my online banking and shopping secure?<br><br>
3. is it a good idea to get rid of the cable or what?<br><br><br><br>
please use small words as i am a tech newbie.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br>
TIA! michelle</div>
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<br><br><br>
Assuming you trust your township (including trusting whoever they contracted to provide this service to be technically competent) the free wifi is probably at least as secure as a wireless network you might have set up yourself via a commercial internet provider.<br><br><br><br>
As for your questions:<br><br><br><br>
1. You should always use a firewall, one comes with windows XP and that one is probably fine for non-mission-critical applications. Enable it if you haven't already.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/security/winfirewall.mspx" target="_blank">http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/u...nfirewall.mspx</a><br><br><br><br>
2. Shopping and banking online is secure as it ever was and much more secure than doing it in person or over the phone<br><br><br><br>
3. Sure, if you can live with the free service. It is likely slower than commerical broadband and if there is a service outage you can't really ask for part of your money back or anything. I would keep the cable for a month and gauge the quality of the free service. If you can live with it, ditch the cable.
 
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