Question For A Computer Geek

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stark
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Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:34 am

Asking for a friend....

He's doing some volunteer work at the local church and the head guy said you're welcome to use the PC if you want, the password is @church1. Or if you want to use your cellphone then our wi-fi guest password is @church2.

So my friend asked me a question......they don't automatically block any websites here like I've seen done elsewhere and I was wondering if I were to go on a taboo website like TVG or Xpressbet (yes, the church frowns on degenerate gambling) can the webmaster/guy with the white collar see what websites my phone accesses thru their wi-fi?

My friend thanks you very much for any insight as he is volunteering some very long days on a special project and doesn't want to be embarrassed in the process.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
Forry Cow How
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Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:19 am

Not a geek, but the short answer appears to be yes they can see what sites he goes to.
stark
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Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:08 am

Forry Cow How wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:19 am
Not a geek, but the short answer appears to be yes they can see what sites he goes to.
Amazing, thanks I will tell him ASAP.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
stark
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Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:40 am

The more I think about my friend the more concerned I get for a great many.

So, you're sitting all alone in a Starbucks surfing the WWW on your own cellphone but you're logged into their WiFi.
And that man behind the curtain could be watching every keystroke, hmmmm.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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starrydreamer
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Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:31 pm

stark wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:40 am
The more I think about my friend the more concerned I get for a great many.

So, you're sitting all alone in a Starbucks surfing the WWW on your own cellphone but you're logged into their WiFi.
And that man behind the curtain could be watching every keystroke, hmmmm.
You're just thinking about this and getting concerned? Forget "the man behind the curtain"... you should be more concerned about malicious users who may be tapped into that public wifi network, trying to get to sensitive information. This is why you should never go to your bank or credit card website and enter your username and password (or any other sensitive info) on a public wifi, although I think the use of encrypted http helps with that (https instead of http. You'll notice that our very own TBC has an https address).

When you log into a store's free wifi, you usually have to accept TOS (terms of service) - buried in the fine print is a notice that they can see how long you were logged in, how much bandwidth you used, etc. You're using THEIR service. And I know you know that nothing is truly free.

If you're really concerned about your privacy when using public wifi, use a VPN connection. Better yet, keep that stuff for home.
stark
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Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:35 pm

Thanks
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:31 am

gonna second using a VPN. they're excellent for privacy. most aren't free, the ones that are usually have data restrictions, but it's worth doing the homework and picking one.
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