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Hacking Your Hotel Room
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KevinN283
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KevinN283,
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7/18/2014 | 9:44:48 PM
Hotel experience
I have to travel a lot for my business, mostly in Europe and Asia, but often in the states to cities like Las Vegas. I used to use sites like Travelocity to book my flights and lodging, but I stumbled upon the better way to find deals: go to the second level sites - those like http://hotelsmixmatch.com who compare the hundreds of different booking sites in one single search. You'll not only see Trivago or Expedia deals, but ALL OF THEM in one place.

I must have saved over 3,000 Euros since I started using them. I sincerely believe that using only one of the top booking sites is not necessarily the best idea.
progman2000
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progman2000,
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7/20/2014 | 8:34:56 AM
Eh, I threat I don't feel too threatened by
On the list of things I'm worried about, a hacker changing the channel of the tv in my hotel room ranks pretty low.  Unless that means they can also order a bunch of pay movies, or remotely take stuff from the mini bar, that would be bad.  Otherwise, it's a headache I'll leave to the hotels...
ChrisMurphy
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ChrisMurphy,
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7/21/2014 | 7:09:41 AM
Re: Eh, I threat I don't feel too threatened by
True about the low risk here, but he larger picture here is the hacking risk of the Internet of things. What if they networked the door lock, for the convenience of only having to carry your phone?
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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7/21/2014 | 9:08:31 AM
There are higher risks
If a hacker can get into your hotel room, there must certainly be risk associated with hacking into the hotel wifi service and getting at your laptop. Not a good thing for business travelers..
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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7/21/2014 | 1:47:08 PM
Connectivity is bi-directional
 

I tend to try not to use WiFi in other places even though they are presented as secure. Connectivity is always bi-directional, if you connected you are also connected. If the servers in the hotel is compromised that would easy exploit vulnerabilities in your iPad's end-to-end security measures.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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7/21/2014 | 1:50:09 PM
Re: Eh, I threat I don't feel too threatened by
I would like to think that no vulnerability is a small when it comes to security. That is all it is needed actually one small hole and then whole network is compromised.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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7/21/2014 | 1:52:01 PM
Re: There are higher risks
I agree. No end device is secure if core is compromised. Hotels network are not in our control, same as Starbucks' network. 
ChrisMurphy
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7/21/2014 | 1:56:17 PM
Re: Connectivity is bi-directional
How do you avoid using wi-fi at hotels and still get any work done on the road? 
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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7/21/2014 | 2:07:09 PM
Re: Connectivity is bi-directional
Many hotels still have a wired connection. But, i agree, @ChrisMurphy, for road warriors hotel wifi is definitely an essential element. 
miketcook
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miketcook,
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7/21/2014 | 10:55:17 PM
Re: Connectivity is bi-directional
Use your own hot-spot from your phone.  Better yet, use it with a USB cable.  Are we not in the Security profession?
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