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What is this unknown 10-digit device address? Found on an iPhone [migrated]

I saw this unknown address under my personal hotspot summary on an iPhone: e:69:a5:97:7:17 Interestingly enough, it only has 10-digits so it cannot be a MAC address. What is it then? Should I be ...
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When I visit an http://gofile.me/ link, how much information to I provide to the NAS server owner?

There are files I need from a heavy NAS user and they've given me a link of the form http://gofile.me/xxxxx/xxxxxxxxx If my laptop running the Chrome browser in macOS is connected to the internet via ...
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Suspicious MAC address when using personal hotspot (iPhone and MacBook Air)

Personal hotspot connection from iPhone 12 used on my MacBook Air. Under Settings - Mobile Data - Personal Hotspot (iPhone), I see 2 data usage components: 1.5 GB - MacBook 20.2 KB - A suspicious MAC ...
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What is the most secure internet access option for Android phones?

My goal is to make one of my android phones as secure as possible, hence the question: What is the most secure way for an Android phone to gain internet access? Options I (think I) have: The phone ...
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What are the risks of an unauthorised device connected to a mobile hotspot?

My friend had to activate a mobile hotspot on his iphone for half an hour in an airport to connect his laptop, and suddenly he realized that his device was not the only one connected to it. What are ...
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Is it foolish to trust a Wi-Fi network just because it uses a specific recognized SSID?

This article in the Avira (part of NortonLifeLock) security blog discusses (vaguely) security risks of public Wi-Fi. The article states: Man in the middle attacks are also a very prominent threat, ...
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How is my Macbook connecting to my WiFi APs without asking for a password?

When I work away from home (and home wifi) I use my phone's hotspot to connect my Macbook to the internet. However, it's always surprised me that I just have to click on the name of the hotspot to ...
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Someone connected to my hotspot. Are my phone and laptop now compromised?

I have been using my android phone as a wifi hot spot for my laptop over the last few days so I can access the internet. I've been in a new location with no other personal devices nearby, and the hot ...
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How to start Hotspot 2.0 registration and provision?

On many materials of Passpoint and Hotspot 2.0 there is Register and Provision steps. For example https://youtu.be/p4gDW6SJ150?t=845 But I cant find RFC or technical materials how it must be ...
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Channel the VPN through a WiFi hotspot

Suppose that I have my mobile connect with a VPN and I use my mobile as a WiFi router to provide internet to a laptop. If I check my ip from the mobile, it is correctly the ip of VPN while if I check ...
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Do ISPs like Xfinity gather geographical information about their users?

Do ISPs like Xfinity gather geographical information about the users of their public hotspots? If so how is it done and how accurate is it?
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Possible data leakage and traceability regarding mobile personal hotspots

The question Say, one may use a mobile phone's personal hotspot functionality to broadcast a message locally via the ESSID, like "Happy Birthday Lilian" or "Stand with Hong Kong". Assuming such ...
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What IMEI(s) does an ISP get in case I use a mobile hotspot to connect my laptop to the web?

I found out today that ISPs get the IMEI code of any device connected to them. See a (very old) reference here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4738219.stm I was hence wondering: in case I ...
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Mobile Hotspot, Smartphone or Router?

I am using a laptop with dual boot Windows and Ubuntu. In addition, I am having another Linux distro installed on a usb thumb drive and using it only for certain things. Generally speaking - if ...
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How I can hide from my ISP that I have created a hotspot?

I am using manjaro Linux, And create a Hotspot with create_ap script I spoof my mobile and laptop to have the same MAC address What can I do so they can not detect I am using my mobile connected to ...
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Do Xfinity hotspots require passwords?

There's a Xfinity hotspot(xfinitywifi)that I see on my phone that I occasionally use for reasons but lately it has been acting up so I contacted Xfinity customer support. They asked for some stuff ...
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Securing a Personal Hotspot

I'm buying a brand new phone, added to it: a new line and SIM card, along with a brand new laptop, to use my phone's network as a hotspot. I will not be using these devices for anything but personal ...
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can someone tell what you browse on a hotspot

if you are using a mobile hotspot and the mobile hotspot you are connected to is using data can the history you browse on the device that is using the hotspot be seen by the device that is the mobile ...
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Is a temporary local hotspot on an Android device secure enough for my purposes?

I intend to deploy some embedded software on Raspberry Pi devices. All will have WiFi capability, but not all will have internet access. I want to occasionally be able to update the firmware in all, ...
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Would it make sense if WiFi portals had a password to connect to the wifi too?

It is often told that public open hotspots are dangerous because other can listen in. Would it make any difference if there were a known password to log in to the network, and then a token/ticket/...
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How to eradicate and recover a compromised network

I have a somewhat broad question related to a specific, ongoing threat that I am trying to define and defend against. Right now, I need to rebuild a secure access point for my mobile devices and ...
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On public WiFi, how does a VPN/tunnel protect me more than secure protocols? [duplicate]

While I'm at a coffee shop, I want to protect my data from inspection and manipulation, including destinations. In other words, the barista can only see that I am using bandwidth and cannot (...
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When connecting laptop to internet through VPN via phone's hotspot, should VPN be active on phone, laptop, or both?

The objective is to connect a laptop to the internet through a VPN via a mobile phone's hotspot or USB cable. Should the VPN be activated on the laptop, on the phone, or both? Secondarily, is using ...
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Hotspot SSL issues, MtTM like exceptions

I have doubt about how to implement hotspot for my startup. Idea is to have implemented WPA2-Enterprise with remote radius server and splash page. This implementation came after the reason of ease of ...
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Im being hacked by someone who created a VPN and set up a hotpot on my phone [closed]

I know as fact that this guy (who I actually know), set up a VPN on my phone that I cant find but can access the logs created by it. He has hijacked all of my email accts, and my Google acct. Every ...
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Honeypot tricking my android device to connect

I have been facing this issue since a month where a neighbour access point is acting like a honeypot, all the nearby android devices are getting connected to it even after forgetting the network. The ...
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How to detect SMTP proxy on public wifi?

For a small research project I want to collect characteristics of public wifi hotspots. One topic that came up was SMTP proxy - is there a way to detect a proxy or could I just check whether the ...
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Tethered connection appears to be intercepted whilst at work

Hi I have an iphone which I tether my laptop to via a personal hotspot. This all works fine anywhere but at the office. IN all other places I do not need to re-enter the hotspot password and the ...
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Computer, mobile or target site infected?

Something strange just happened to me, and I'm having issues telling where the fault is. I'm currently travelling by train, and using my mobile phone as a personal hot-spot (WiFi is WPA2 secured). I'...
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Is it possible to get virus/malware by just connecting to an Android phone acting as a WiFi hotspot? [duplicate]

Is it possible that my Windows 8.1 computer gets infected by virus or malware by just connecting to an Android phone acting as a WiFi hotspot? I didn't do anything else. I didn't surf the internet, ...
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customizable (open-source) wifi hotspot software? [closed]

I wanted to know, which softwares are being used to setup customizable WiFi hostpot, on laptop. I've heard OpenWRT - but think it's for router. I need for Latpop, which will allow me to change the ...
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Automatic change of hotspot network name on Android Phone

I saw this sudden change in my hotspot name. It has been months since I last used it. Is this something to be concerned about? My colleague also saw something similar where both his network name and ...
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What can an attacker do to a shared hotspot

I regularly create a hotspot from my computer in order to share documents: cp mydocument.txt /var/www/html/ service apache2 start nohup nmcli dev wifi hotspot ifname wlan0 con-name documents ssid ...
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Can a hotspot in Ubuntu validate wrong passwords also?

I want to host a hotspot in Ubuntu. The hotspot should authenticate every client, whether he enters right password or wrong password. Actually, I want to validate four way handshake even if the ...
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What risks are associated with public libraries lending mifi devices to patrons?

My local public library system will soon start lending to its patrons mobile hotspot devices. This growing trend seems to me extremely risky. I am especially concerned that a hacker who borrows such ...
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Why use Mikrotik hotspot gateway?

First of all Let me mention that this whole experiment is for learning purpose and not intended to cause harm or damage. I am a novice networking enthusiast.Recently I tried to penetrate a wifi ...
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iptables: block traffic from OSX hotspot

We use Linux for a router and firewall setup and some of our employee makes hotspot from OS X. Is there a way to block this traffic, or control it? The problem is, that the IP addresses what this ...
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What type of encryption does Windows 10 virtual WIFI hotspot use?

Hi I am planning on using the WIFI hotspot feature provided by Windows 10 to connect to 4 robots, however I do not know what type of encryption this windows 10 hotspot uses.
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Public WiFi and Tor?

I want to setup public WiFi Hotspot in very dense tourist zone where there's no single WiFi spot yet. My worries are the security of such solution, in particular: People logging traffic from other ...
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public hotspot: Tor vs Antivirus Safe area?

I'm surfing through a public hotspot, I would like to login on my Facebook account with the minimum risk of being intercepted by any cracker connected to the same WiFi. I have both Tor browser and ...
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Can I get malware on my phone, if my phone is tethered to my laptop downloading torrents?

I used a dongle before getting a phone, but now use my phone as a hotspot. I don't want my phone to get malware or viruses. Can my phone get viruses if I use it as a hotspot while downloading ...
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What is leaked about devices connected to iOS personal hotspot?

This is the scenario: 1) I set up a personal hotspot using my iPhone 4S running iOS 5 (we call this device A) 2) I connect a mobile device (e.g. a smartphone) using WiFi to have it use the hotspot ...
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safe money transfer on open wifi VS vpn not allowed

sometimes I need to do money transfer on my windows tablet when I'm connected to an open wifi, but I noticed that some of them don't allow VPN services. This scares me, since I'm worried about ...
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Wi-Fi asks to accept (self-signed) certificate – What is it used for?

When I tried to connect to my University's Wi-Fi for the first time, it asked me to accept a (probably self-signed) certificate. Luckily they published the fingerprint so I was sure it is safe to ...
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