I've heard that soon Wi-Fi will be available in plane flights and I'd like to know, is it safe enough? First of all I'm worried about its influence on navigation and other important equipment, and the second problem is that I don't know who I'm flying with, maybe someone will be able to hack my smartphone, laptop or tablet or even intercept my traffic?
asked Apr 04 '13 at 05:04
First of all we should say that any Wi-Fi network is dangerous, no matter the encryption or the provider, simply because of the very nature of the radio waves it is using for data transmission. But we can assure you that that Fly-Fi is not dangerous to an important equipment of the plane itself. So, using it won't cause a plane crash or something, but that may still be dangerous.
As you know, you can't easily limit the propagation of the radio waves, so the signals you exchange with a Wi-Fi hotspot can be intercepted. There are literary millions of special apps even for smartphones. That can be done on the ground too, but here we have a limited space, so the hacker can sit comfortably behind you, and use all the advantages of modern smartphones vulnerabilities.
So, if you store some private, or in any way sensitive data at your smartphone or tablet – it would be wiser to avoid using free Wi-Fi networks. It is really easy to hack a Wi-Fi connection, you may even check how that can be done with an iPhone. So to keep your information where it is – turn of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules of your tablet or cell phone during the flight, or use a disguised Wi-Fi/Bluetooth signal blocker, it won;t forget to turn of those modules instead of you!
Thanks for your question, I hope, I've managed to help.
answered Apr 04 '13 at 05:08