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    Wifi and Safari

    I have a wifi only 64GB model. I want to start using public wifi. I was told today that my iPad 2 with Safari had enough security and that I wouldn't have to worry about the security on public wifi. Is this true? And if it's not true, what additional steps should I take to keep my iPad secure?

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    Good question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Appsempire
    I have a wifi only 64GB model. I want to start using public wifi. I was told today that my iPad 2 with Safari had enough security and that I wouldn't have to worry about the security on public wifi. Is this true? And if it's not true, what additional steps should I take to keep my iPad secure?
    I would not access any sensitive/personal web sites like banks, credit cards, etc. on a public wifi. Like the name says it is public. I only do social/entertainment browsing, and save the "sensitive" stuff for home.

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    Generally speaking, most websites that are processing sensitive data will use https - the encrypted form of web browsing. On a regular web browser this is when you see the little padlock icon appearing somewhere in the browser window. This is reasonably secure from casual observers - it uses a 128-bit encryption key.

    You can read about it here

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_Secure

    However, regular email is not encrypted, so it most certainly makes sense not to send any personal information by email - ever. Even if the WiFi is secured, the mail is then traversing the Internet in plain - i.e. unencrypted - text.

    But, as the other poster has suggested, it's better to be safe than sorry.

    Tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATC2

    I would not access any sensitive/personal web sites like banks, credit cards, etc. on a public wifi. Like the name says it is public. I only do social/entertainment browsing, and save the "sensitive" stuff for home.
    What he says.
    Macbook Air 13" IPad 3 32GB wifi, iphone 5 32gb, 2x iphone 4, iPhone 3GS 32GB , ipad 1 32GB ,2x iPod touch 2G, BT keyboard

    All for One and One for All!!!

    From Somerset UK


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