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Is there a way to secure free internet?

Postposted on Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:20 pm

Hello,
My wife and I are looking at moving into a new apartment, and one of the features of the house is free cable and internet. The landlord will be living in another unit of the house, so i dont know where the actual router hookup will be and if the free internet is in the form of a wireless signal. Now I would like to save some money and just take the internet, but is there any way i can hide my activity? Or is it basically that the landlord will be able to view all of my network activity?
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Re: Is there a way to secure free internet?

Postposted on Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:38 pm

A software firewall on your computers would be a necessity. I would imagine if his wireless router supports it, he could monitor what you're browsing. You would have to use some sort of proxy on the Internet I think to keep that information from being displayed.
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Re: Is there a way to secure free internet?

Postposted on Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:50 pm

Creed wrote:Hello,
My wife and I are looking at moving into a new apartment, and one of the features of the house is free cable and internet. The landlord will be living in another unit of the house, so i dont know where the actual router hookup will be and if the free internet is in the form of a wireless signal. Now I would like to save some money and just take the internet, but is there any way i can hide my activity? Or is it basically that the landlord will be able to view all of my network activity?

There are multiple potential issues here.

If you're using the landlord's router (whether wireless or wired), the landlord can theoretically snoop on anything that isn't HTTPS (SSL) encrypted. This *includes* WiFi connections that use WPA/WPA2, since the connection could be tapped on the wired side of the landlord's WiFi router before it leaves the premises (after the WPA/WPA2 encryption has been stripped off).

Another potential concern if you do not have your own router is that you will be on the same LAN subnet as the landlord (and potentially other tenants too, if any). This increases the risk of malware infections propagating between you and the landlord and/or between tenants, since you don't have that extra layer of protection between you and everyone else. If the network is wired, you should still be able to use your own router between you and the landlord's LAN; but if it is WiFi this is going to be more difficult.

If you want to ensure that all traffic (including non-encrypted HTTP) can't be snooped by the landlord, you will need to use an encrypted tunnel to an off-site SOCKS proxy (this is what I do when I'm on the road and using public WiFi), or an anonymity service like Tor (I have no personal experience with this).
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Re: Is there a way to secure free internet?

Postposted on Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:53 pm

Creed wrote:Hello,
My wife and I are looking at moving into a new apartment, and one of the features of the house is free cable and internet. The landlord will be living in another unit of the house, so i dont know where the actual router hookup will be and if the free internet is in the form of a wireless signal. Now I would like to save some money and just take the internet, but is there any way i can hide my activity? Or is it basically that the landlord will be able to view all of my network activity?


I use a secure VPN for those occasions where I have to use an unsecured wireless network. It keeps all communications encrypted and also obscures your actual location (though I care more about the former). That sounds like what you want for your current situation. My VPN comes packaged with my Usenet subscription, but its still pretty cheap standalone though.

http://www.goldenfrog.com/vyprvpn
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Re: Is there a way to secure free internet?

Postposted on Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:57 pm

Kurotetsu wrote:I use a secure VPN for those occasions where I have to use an unsecured wireless network. It keeps all communications encrypted and also obscures your actual location (though I care more about the former). That sounds like what you want for your current situation. My VPN comes packaged with my Usenet subscription though, so I'm not sure how much it costs standalone.

Given that he's interested in using the landlord's connection for cost reasons I doubt he's willing to pay for a commercial VPN service. This is a potential issue with my SOCKS proxy suggestion as well, unless he knows someone who will let him use theirs (at which point the question morphs into whether you trust the person who's running the SOCKS proxy).

Oh, and... people still use Usenet? :lol:

Edit: Just saw your edit. $10/month is still cheaper than getting his own dedicated connection, so it may be a viable option.
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Re: Is there a way to secure free internet?

Postposted on Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:01 pm

just brew it! wrote:
Kurotetsu wrote:I use a secure VPN for those occasions where I have to use an unsecured wireless network. It keeps all communications encrypted and also obscures your actual location (though I care more about the former). That sounds like what you want for your current situation. My VPN comes packaged with my Usenet subscription though, so I'm not sure how much it costs standalone.

Given that he's interested in using the landlord's connection for cost reasons I doubt he's willing to pay for a commercial VPN service. This is a potential issue with my SOCKS proxy suggestion as well, unless he knows someone who will let him use theirs.

Oh, and... people still use Usenet? :lol:


Yes, though I admit its hard to believe. :P

I edited the post to include the service I use. Its $10 a month, so the cost isn't high. I think its possible to go even cheaper, but that requires alot more manual work.
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Re: Is there a way to secure free internet?

Postposted on Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:30 pm

Is Hotspot Shield still good? I remember it being a good free VPN back then.
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Re: Is there a way to secure free internet?

Postposted on Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:47 pm

In your situation, something worth looking into and worth reading:
http://torrentfreak.com/which-vpn-provi ... ly-111007/
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