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Is there any risk when connecting an Android Phone to a [Verizon] iPhone's Hotspot? If there are I'd like to know about solutions.

The Android Phone will basically be tapping the data plan of the iPhone through its turned on Hotspot.

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Is this the exact same question as "what is the danger of connecting to a wireless network that I don't own?" I think so. – KnightOfNi Apr 26 '14 at 22:11
It's not the same, because I know the connection I'm connecting too. You can look at it this way, I own both phones: One phone has a data plan and another phone doesn't. That phone without a data plan is using the hotspot of the phone that has a data plan. -- Is the security weak in terms of hotspot? What risk comes with using hotspot? etc.. – Green Apr 27 '14 at 3:33
I see. Could you provide more information about the hotspot your iPhone sets up? Specifically, knowing the encryption type would be nice. – KnightOfNi Apr 28 '14 at 0:00
I believe its a WPA2 encryption. – Green Apr 29 '14 at 16:35

If you control both devices, then the only extra risk I would be concerned about is someone sniffing the wireless traffic between the two, so use decent encryption, and possibly restrict access by MAC address etc and you should be fine.

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Assuming the Verizon hotspot is actually what it says it is, then no, you shouldn't have an issue. However, if it's a WiFi Pineapple thing, meaning a rogue access point which any idiot could throw up, then yes, be afraid, very afraid.

There's a lot of things people can do with a rogue access point. Here are a couuple:

  1. Running a drive-by download on the "login" page.
  2. Phishing your credentials with replaced pages using a man-in-the-middle attack

But if you control both devices, and the hotspot is legit, then you should be fine, generally speaking.

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