What are you using for phone/tablet security?

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  1. Espan

    Espan Silver Member

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    Just thought I'd crowd source to find what's best approach for phone/tablet security when traveling.

    I'm on Android. Use HMA at home and it allows me 2 simultaneous connections. However, our family gadget and WiFi needs are growing. Not sure whether to simply add another HMA account, or check in to other options.

    What are your solutions?
     
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    I use TrustGo and encryption on my tablet.
     
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  3. anileze

    anileze Gold Member

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    I think Hotpot Shield allows up to five devices.
     
  4. bigx0

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    I use Netshade, (raynersw.com) but that only makes sense if you use a Mac too, since it's an add-on for their Mac product.
     
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    Are these necessary? If so why? I have no personal information on my tablet. I don't use it to access a corporate account or email.
     
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    I wonder why too. My corporate device is protected via encryption and internal security protocols. However, for personal, has there been any attempts to hack into devices? I really havent heard of any myself, but not to say its not coming. Thats like people who say Mac's dont get viruses...... I guess just not yet.
     
  7. bigx0

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    I don't use a VPN for casual browsing but I consider it a necessity when you are 1) using public Wifi (such as in an airport), AND 2) doing anything involving passwords or sensitive information AND 3) doing so at a site which doesn't use a secure connection. And, even #3 can be compromised.

    The problem is, when you're using public WiFi it's trivially easy for an experienced hacker-type to capture everything you're doing. In reality these people run applications in the background which automatically go through everyone's transmissions looking for things like Login and Password prompts. Here's a good example: there was a Firefox add-on available not too long ago which anyone could easily install. It would monitor the network as you went about your normal browsing business. If anyone using the same WiFi network happened to sign on to Facebook it displayed their username and password. No experience needed -- it just worked.

    Since then Facebook now first tries to make a secure connection, greatly minimizing the risk. Yet, given time and a popular potentially hi-value network (airport lounge, anyone?) it's not too hard to get a network to take you to a fake, non secure Facebook (or Chase, or Delta or...). So, yeah, by my definition, VPN is a must when traveling. At home, on my own encrypted WiFi, no, I don't need or want it.
     
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    Thank goodness I don't use Facebook! :cool:

    When I say I don't have anything person on my tablet I mean it. Only blog and travel related things. I don't check bank accounts, have banking or travel apps. Just my google account, which is not my personal email.
     
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  9. bigx0

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    That's very good, of course! Though if you log in to your airline's website, even via a mobile app, that could be putting you at risk. Probably lower risk than a lot of other things, but there definitely is a big market for stolen FF accounts.
     
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  10. davythefatboy

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    I'm not clear what people are trying to protect against here. I have a real password (not just a four digit code). On an iPad or iPhone, setting any password encrypts the data stored on the device. I've set them so that ten failed password attempts will erase the device. If I'm worried about WiFi security, I use the encrypted VPN to my corporate network before accessing the websites I want security on.
     
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    I agree, but I don't use my tablet for any of that.
     
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  12. bigx0

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    If you feel nothing you connect to on the tablet is sensitive enough to be a concern, then I'd say that's great and you probably don't have to worry about it. No sense wasting your money on a service you don't need.
     
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    Much of my reading waiting in the airport lounge is on a kindle. I have tried to dabble off-and-on with ET-call-home, using openvpn based server on the mac at home, with moderate success. For backup when the home stops answering ;) there are other commercial VPNs.
     

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