TCAT Shelbyville - Technical Blog

In many hotspots today, malicious people can run their computers or droids in adhoc mode allowing  your computer to connect to them while unknowingly to you;  they have malicious intent.   How is this done?   By running their computer in adhoc mode and with them being connected by a second wireless card or on their 3G network, their computer broadcast an SSID that you trust.  After you connect, the malicious user begins to run ettercap, etherreal, wireshark or other packet capturing software and may even begin to try to break into your computer.  This process runs your network traffic through their computer.

There is no true protection against this other than being aware of who / what you connect to, use https when surfing and to use something like HotSpot Shield.

HotSpot Shield is free to use and allows your computer to connect to the internet securely.  The installation…

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The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - is one of 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents System, the seventh largest system of higher education in the nation. This system comprises six universities, fourteen community colleges, and twenty-six Applied Technology Colleges.
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