I am enrolling myself into a college. College provides a Public WiFi Access Point, to access internet through its network, which is unencrypted (No password). As being a programmer for last one and a half years, I know of some common attacks that any noob will want to try on public network (Packet sniffing using wireshark, etc.) but I don't know how these attacks work. I just want to know how much vulnerable I will be to these attacks on this network. Also, how can I make my Machine isolated from these attacks?
Also if somebody could tell me the possible points of data packet interception, it will appreciated.
I will running Linux Ubuntu 11.10 + Windows 7 Ultimate on my machine.