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    How would you go about making all--ALL traffic inbound and outbound from a laptop on a Wifi network that is not encrypted...encrypted? Would I need to set up a VPN and how, or what?

    I don't want to pay if possible, and I can use my home computer as a server.
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    Do you mean encrypted with something like WEP128 bits?
    What WiFi card has your laptop? Or is it a centrino?

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    It is a public access point that does not have encryption enabled. It is 802.11b built-in and occasionally a secondary adapter to grab weak signals.

    I am not talking about WEP which can be broken in a matter of hours. I am talking about tunneling to a server as a connection so I am not transmitting everything in clear text.
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    OK. I have more or less the idea. When I've wroted it, I'll post it.

    EDIT- Is the laptop running Windows or Linux? Wich version?

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    filb: What OS is running that laptop?

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    Windows XP Home (and that will not change for technical reasons).
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    Is the CIPE VPN (free) with Blowfish encryption enough?

    EDIT- Do you have upgraded it to SP1?

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    It is running all of the latest updates.

    How would I go about setting up any VPN? No experience whatsoever.
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    It's very easy to setup a VPN, but to secure it counting that your PCMCIA (I suppose) does not has any encryption capabylities, is more complex.
    WEP is relatively easy to crack, but WPA-PSK or Radius isn't. Are you the owner of the access point? or is it somewhere else, like a a university campus wireless' network.

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    It is a public network over which I have absolutely no control.
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