The The increasingly Wi-Fi-enabled ecosystem in which we operate is conducive to attackers who would set up rogue or malicious Wi-Fi hotspots in order to monitor internet communications via man-in-the-middle attacks, pilfer login credentials, infect users with malware, and perform other malicious actions. Wi-Fi-enabled ecosystem in which we operate is conducive to attackers who would set up rogue or malicious Wi-Fi hotspots in order to monitor internet communications via man-in-the-middle attacks, pilfer login credentials, infect users with malware, and perform other malicious actions.Millions of Smartphones Vulnerable to Rogue Hotspots by Default
After reading the article does it now seems prescient that I started paying $28/year for an always on VPN service from OpenDNS. I’ve been using the service for over a year and can’t imagine going without it.
Comcast’s XFININTY Internet service is in the process of rolling out a feature called “XFINIFTY WiFi.” The service relies on the modems and routers of its users. While part of your router and modem will generate the internet for your home and your private network, another part will act as a public hotspot available to anyone with a Comcast XFINITY username and password.
I am so glad that several years ago, I bought my own cable box instead of using the “FREE” one from Comcast. Not only did I save money — Comcast charges a $16/month rental fee — but I won’t have Xfinity users affecting my connection speed. Xfinity is the only broadband provider in my neighborhood.
There is no doubt that free can lead to huge user bases and massive adoption. In the face of venture capital or existing cash stores, the siren call of free often sounds like a low-risk bet on future profits. In practice, free is a costly mistake that businesses and small developers should avoid, and users should run away from like the plague.