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Posted by: space-time
Date: September 13, 2017 05:20PM
Question: if I go to the Gym, I see they have their own WiFi and also xfinity WiFi. If I connect to Xfinity WiFi, I need to enter my Comcast username and password. Does it then mean that I am using my own data as if I were home?

Also I am prompted to install some profiles. Any issue with these profiles?

Thanks
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Re: xfinity WiFi
Posted by: jh
Date: September 13, 2017 05:43PM
Have you ever used Xfinity WiFi away from home? I had to login in with my credentials one time when I first used it away from home a while back and since then I have never had to enter my credentials after that. I believe it gives you a warning when you first log in that it is a public wifi so to speak and may not be as secure as your home network. Think of it as a coffee house wifi. Not sure what the profiles are however.
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Re: xfinity WiFi
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: September 13, 2017 05:45PM
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space-time
If I connect to Xfinity WiFi, I need to enter my Comcast username and password. Does it then mean that I am using my own data as if I were home?

No. It's a complimentary service.


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space-time
Also I am prompted to install some profiles. Any issue with these profiles?

You should not be prompted to install a profile to use a legitimate Xfinity hotspot.

At its most basic level, a "profile" allows other people to remotely manage your Mac, sending remote commands, installing or removing software, even wiping your Mac. If accompanied by a certificate it can expose your most confidential communications and passwords.

Never ever EVER install a "profile" on your Mac unless it's from your IT department and required for work.







Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/13/2017 05:45PM by Onamuji.
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Re: xfinity WiFi
Posted by: space-time
Date: September 13, 2017 06:01PM
This is on iPhone, not Mac. And it seems to be digitally signed and verified. They then let you connect to 3 hotspots with similar names: ComcastWifi, xfinitywifi, etc.

Should I go ahead and delete it?

No. It's a complimentary service.

so if I am at home and I am about to reach the 1 TB cap, can I switch to a neighbor's xfinitiwifi and keep downloading?
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Re: xfinity WiFi
Posted by: Forrest
Date: September 13, 2017 06:39PM
I believe Xfinity hotspots are limited to 1 Mbps - you're not going to be watching movies at that rate.
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Re: xfinity WiFi
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: September 13, 2017 07:13PM
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space-time
This is on iPhone, not Mac. And it seems to be digitally signed and verified. They then let you connect to 3 hotspots with similar names: ComcastWifi, xfinitywifi, etc.

Should I go ahead and delete it?

Jeebus!

You installed it??!!

Absolute best-case scenario, your device will now preferentially connect to networks with those network names automatically and without your consent nomatter whether they are legit Comcast hotspots or scammers trying to catch your passwords and credit card numbers.

Yes, of course you should delete it.



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Re: xfinity WiFi
Posted by: space-time
Date: September 13, 2017 07:44PM
Deleted!

Thanks for the advice. I only used it once, at the gym.
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Re: xfinity WiFi
Posted by: Pat
Date: September 13, 2017 08:03PM
According to Xfinity, that's how it's done for iOS devices.
[www.xfinity.com]
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Re: xfinity WiFi
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: September 13, 2017 08:29PM
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Pat
According to Xfinity, that's how it's done for iOS devices.
[www.xfinity.com]

...And fat lot they care if you get pwned.



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