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Wireless security and hotspot devices

Dear FMCA Computer Geeks:

What is your experience with the new Verizon "hot Spot" devices?  Are they secure for financial transactions? Are they the best option for connectivity on the road?

Roger Eastman

Roger,

Wireless security is getting a lot of attention. The fact is, security is less a function of the way you connect as how and where you go on the Internet. Security on your computer is your responsibility. If your computer is not up-to-date, you are at risk.

Any Internet connection can be infiltrated. BUT, if the Web site is secure, the entire transaction is not at risk, regardless of how you connect. All banking and financial Web sites use the highest level of security that has never been compromised. You can recognize a secure site by the lock icon and "http:" in the address.

The Verizon hotspot devices all offer encryption between your computer and the device. Use encryption to keep casual sniffers out of your network.

We hear good things from folks using the MiFi and the hotspot smartphones. The device you choose will depend on how much and where you travel.

— Jim Guld

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