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computer security questions

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by theseodude, May 16, 2013.

  1. theseodude

    theseodude Regular Member

    Jun 25, 2012
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    today I was meeting with a potential client to see if I can make him a website. so I met him at a coffee shop and I went in with my laptop. I have a lot of private information on this laptop and mistake #1 was taking this to the meeting.

    he wanted me to show him some websites I have made in the past. the internet at the coffeeshop was not working so I connected to his "hot spot". I am not sure what a hot spot is, I am not that technologically up to date, but anyway...he gave me his password and I connected to his hot spot.

    my questions are:
    is it possible that he hacked into my computer because I used his hot spot? is it possible for him to steal some files from my laptop?
    do you see any security issues here?
  2. derggt

    derggt Registered Member

    Feb 22, 2013
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    Sure it's possible, but if he didn't know how to make a website, likely no. He'd have to have Wireshark or similar prog running and set to capture traffic at a particular time, and the skills to decode those packets. There are basic steps you should take that secure your wifi on any connection, (like turning off network discovery) which makes hacking more difficult- you should spend some time googling and implementing these. You could also encrypt sensitive files with Truecrypt or Bitlocker, but nothing offers complete protection short of having no internet.
  3. jazzc

    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

    Jan 27, 2009
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    Pusillanimous Knitter
    Buenos Aires
    Always have your VPN handy is you really need to connect on an untrusted network or a mobile stick.
    Last edited: May 16, 2013